A Beitbridge man who was arrested for allegedly impregnating six pupils from Vhembe and St Mary’s Secondary schools in the south western border town was today arrested for illegal possession of diamonds while awaiting trial for kidnapping.
Rayson Tsvangirai Rushwaya had been remanded in custody to today for a fast track trial on charges of kidnapping two girls. Before his detention yesterday, Rushwaya had come to court for trial on charges of insulting a journalist over the phone.
Details on his latest arrest are still sketchy.
Through his lawyer Mr Reason Mutimba of Nyikadzino, Simango and Associates, Rushwaya is denying charges of kidnapping and unlawful detention of two 17 year old girls against their parents’ will.
Prosecuting, Miss Nomathemba Sayi told the court that in October last year the accused proposed to one of the girls aged 17 and stayed with her as his girlfriend at house number 1738 in Dulibadzimu suburb.
The teenager’s parents tried to get her back but he was evasive until the end of November when he assaulted the girl and chased her away following an argument.
The prosecutor said in February this year, Rushwaya then courted another 17 year old girl and took her in against her parents’ will to the same house.
Miss Sayi said the matter was reported to police leading to his arrest yesterday.
Former Beitbridge town councillor and women rights activist, Miss Patricia Ndlovu said she had met more than 10 parents who claimed that Rushwaya had deflowered their kids.
She said more cases could be brought forward against him and that the community was working on a petition to be handed over to the police.