Chinotimba calls for virginity tests

Zvamaida Murwira Senior Reporter
Buhera South legislator Cde Joseph Chinotimba (Zanu-PF) yesterday called for the re-introduction of virginity tests by apostolic sects to safeguard the girl child from sexual abuse.

Cde Chinotimba said it was strange that civil and human rights organisations called for the ban of the practice yet they were vocal on the need to avoid child marriages.

He was making a contribution to a motion moved by MDC National Assembly member Mrs Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga calling for the country to honour two young women Loveness Mudzuru and Ruvimbo Tsopodzi, who launched a constitutional challenge to outlaw child marriages that was subsequently upheld by the apex court.

“Let us allow churches to continue virginity tests. I have realised that it is those girls that were constantly monitored who would be married quite well,” said Cde Chinotimba.

He castigated parents who sent their girl children to universities without adequate provisions like money for food saying they were exposing them to the vagaries of sexual abuse.

“If you send your girl child to Chinotimba who is staying alone, what do you expect him (the man) to do?” said Cde Chinotimba, drawing laughter.

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  • Balderdash

    And dirty old Chino would like to be the tester, eh?

  • chirochoicho chekunakemaningi

    While to some virginity tests might sound the right thing to do, there is little difference between the virginity tester, so to speak, and the men who abuse or deflower underage girls. They all take advantage of their own superior age to intimidate their young victims into submissiveness. As a man myself, I do not see the difference between a girl who loses her virginity of her own free will and a girl who keeps hers just because of the virginity tests. As a matter of researched fact, women who were virgins when they married are more likely to “stray” than those who were not. The average man would have deflowered some girl or girls by the time they marry anyway. So it’s a case of you deflowering my wife and me deflowering yours. Fair deal isn’t it, unless of course you foolishly think there is something special about you. As a man myself, I know MOST men are guilty of the crime of deflowering girls at some point in their lives and then selfishly expecting the woman they marry to be a virgin. You hear some men saying ” hakuchina mhandara mazuvano” For goodness sake, are women born non-virgins these days? The one thing us men usually forget is that the women we abuse are the next man’s child, sister, niece or cousin. As for the women who do the virginity tests, I can only feel sorry for them as they are certainly also victims of a cruel and primitive tradition which expects and requires them to do what they do. Chances are they were also victims of that dirty tradition in their younger days and they should know and understand the humiliation and indignity of virginity testing better than most.

  • Sifiso Xolile Ndlovu Zgwanyanw

    what an idiotic idea!

  • kutototo

    Virginity testing is abuse its inversion of privacy.

  • Maisvoreva

    This has to be read in its context of finding ways of containing child marriages where teaching on its own is not enough as most child marriages are due to premarital sex. Its not about getting married as a virgin as the issue here is not about marriageable ages as the most verbiaged contribution is insinuating. Its not even about wanting a virgin wife.. that’s a debate for some other time. The issue here is about taking responsibilities, being proactive and not reactive by going to the courts when child marriages occur. Every thing have to be brought to the table, marriageable age, age of majority age of consent. I can also go further to suggest that even willing minors have to face canning too as agreeing to sex as a minor is no different to accepting raping another or robbing another if the same is outlawed and well publicized. Its because if a minor is capable of knowing if sex is OK for her how then how can they know if its not so that they report?