Music promoter faces rape charges

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HARARE – Reggae music promoter Josiah Nhamoinesu Chitimbe has been arraigned before the Harare magistrates’ court facing allegations of raping his 25-years-old friend after she had reportedly fallen unconscious.

Josiah Nhamoinesu Chitimbe
Josiah Nhamoinesu Chitimbe

Reports are that the woman (name withdrawn to protect her identity), had been given a glass of Johnnie Walker by Chitimbe and took two sips, before she fell unconscious only to wake up the following morning with the music promoter on top of her. They were both naked.

Chitimbe was arraigned before Harare magistrate Simon Rogers Kachambwa and was granted US$200 bail. He will be back in court on 12 March.

It is the State’s case that the woman works at a local medical institution and they met on February 3 around 11pm at Newlands Shopping Centre while the complainant was with her friends.

Indications are that Chitimbe asked the woman to escort her to town saying that there were some things he wanted to collect adding that he would bring her back in a few minutes. The court heard that Chitimbe then drove his car to Mbare where he bought a bottle of Johnnie Walker and he gave her a glass to drink.

Allegations are that the woman took two sips before she became unconscious and only woke up the following day around 6am and she discovered that they were both naked.

It is said that Chitimbe was also pulling the woman’s legs apart and she also realised that she had some semen on her thighs. She pushed Chitimbe off, as she went and took a bath and was escorted by the music promoter to her house.

A report was made at Avondale Police Station and following some indications she positively identified number 9 Singlet Road, Chitimbe’s residence, where the rape allegedly occurred, leading to his arrest.