Harare, January 28, 2014-Two members of the Feremenga family from Dzivarasekwa Extension in Harare, whose incestuous relationship resulted in two pregnancies, were yesterday convicted and ordered to perform 630 hours of community service at different institutions in the suburb.
Robson (21) and Ashley Feremenga (19), whose fathers are blood brothers, pleaded guilty to incest charges when they appeared before Harare regional magistrate Adonia Masawi and were slapped with a 36-month prison term each.
But Masawi later suspended 18 months of their sentence on condition of good behaviour and again suspended the remainder on condition each of them performs 630 hours of community service.
The court was nonetheless, left in stitches when the two relatives insisted they wanted to stay together as a couple despite the implications of their unlawful relationship.
According to prosecutor Liberty Gono, the sexual relationship between the two started sometime in 2010, and was brought to light early this year by concerned neighbours who informed one of the pair’s father, Jonasi Feremenga.
Gono told the court that on a date unknown to the State, the two fell in love resulting in the birth of a baby girl and the couple connived to mislead their parents into believing that the girl’s biological father had denied paternity.
Last year, Ashley fell pregnant again raising suspicion from the neighbours who then contacted one of the couple’s parents from the rural areas.
The two then confessed to having a sexual relationship and also expressed their willingness to stay together as a couple, prompting their parents to report the matter to police.