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Prisoner with hermaphroditism gives ZPCS headach

by Simbarashe Sithole in Mutoko
09 Apr 2022 at 21:01hrs | Views
The Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) is having a headache with a stock theft suspect who has both male and female reproductive organs has learnt.

The 26 year old (who cannot be named for ethical reasons ) was arrested for stocktheft, after allegedly  stealing  six beasts belonging to his grandmother.

He or she then sold the cattle to fellow villagers. Five of the six cattle have since been recovered.

When asked as to why he stole the cattle, the accused said he wanted to raise money to have surgery to correct his abnormal situation.

He was remanded in custody by Mutoko magistrate  Elijah Sibanda to  April 11 for sentencing.

However prison officials who spoke to our reporter on condition of anonymity say the prisoner is posing a logistical challenge. 

"There are no intersex cells at Mutoko Prison. 

They cannot incacerate him with male prisoners as they fear he will be abused. They also cannot lock him up with female prisoners, fearing that he will end up having sex or raping them. Another challenge comes when he or she is being escorted and or bathing as to which bathrooms to use," said the source.

Source - Byo24News