These 2 Zimbabwean Men Were Caught Having Sex By Their Landlady. Now What?

Nigel Ruredzo, 28, and Shine Njawara, 29 — two Zimbabwean men caught by their landlady having adult relations — pleaded guilty to sodomy charges before a judge in Bindura, in the northeast part of the country. You know where this is going.

Their “illegal activity” — defined by Zimbabwe’s criminal code as “unlawful and intentional sexual relations per anum between two human males” — took place late last month, while most of you were in a Thanksgiving food coma, and it was loud enough that it awoke Patricia Chimange, who runs their housing complex, and another tenant.

New Zimbabwe adds: “The state outline indicates that Ruredzo assumed the role of a woman. Makau is said to have subsequently assaulted them with a stick while the landlady administered a strong reprimand.”

They’ll remain in lock up until their Dec. 29 hearing. Which, if you know anything about how President Robert Mugabe’s decades-long anti-LGBT crusades affect the gays, will not go well. Laws banning sodomy, which carries a possible three-year prison sentence, were updated in 2006-07 to prohibit any gay-ish activity between two men, including holding hands, hugging, and kissing.

(In unrelated news, the attempt by officials to indict Ellen Chademana on charges of possessing pornography just failed, with a judge ruling that two X-rated photos supposedly seized during a raid on Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe, where Chademana worked, were hers. The ruling follows the acquittal of similar charges against Chademana’s co-worker Ignatius Muhambi.)

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  • gayperson

    God help these cuties through this tough time.

    Can’t imagine living with such fear–well I can, but when it is criminally reprimanded it’s different.

  • hmmm

    “Cuties”–do you have pics, gayperson?

  • Sig.

    No.. hugs? Seriously? :D

  • gayperson

    @hmmm: no. i find it cute and unforutunate to find two grown men so helpless because of shitty laws. two men trying o share love (cute) and get caught for it… too sad. it’s one thing if they were doing something without consent etc but two grown men sharing intimacy, that should be no one’s business but their own.
    sad story.

    again, good luck to these cuties.

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