President Robert Mugabe has urged castration of rapists and child abusers as the best way to stem the vice. Speaking at his 92nd birthday celebrations at the Great Zimbabwe Monuments last Saturday, Mugabe said he was baffled by people who abuse minors.
“What sex impulse is it which gets one to abuse a little child? I wonder what enough punishment for such people is,” he said.
“Can you suggest how such brutal monsters amongst us that rape babies should be punished … burdizzo (castration device)?
President Robert Mugabe[/Caption]
“We should make them oxen, some people should be made oxen.”
However, Mugabe conceded that government was going to attract the wrath of human rights defenders if it were to go ahead with such a plan.
“Again, human rights people will say it (castration) is too severe,” he said.
“Sharia Law says if you use your hand to steal, that hand must be cut off.
“Now you use what to abuse the child? I think that which you use should be cut off. They will go and get an artificial one (I)think,” he said, amid laughter and applause from the thousands of villagers who braved the light showers that characterised the event.
The proposal seemed to get the backing of Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko and Women’s Affairs minister Nyasha Chikwinya.
First Lady Grace Mugabe is also on record advocating for castration of rapists.