Two heavily pregnant women raped in Zimbabwe hospital

By Emeka Nze

Two expecting pregnant women admitted into a hospital maternity home for delivery have been raped by two men  at Matobo District, Zimbabwe.

Two men entered a room where three expecting women were sleeping using an open window. One woman fled from the room but two were raped, according to Assistant Inspector Thabani Mkhwananzi of Matabeleland South police.

The mothers were in a maternity waiting room at Maphisa District Hospital. Rural hospitals house expecting mothers, typically from eight months, to ensure timely medical care as most come from remote areas with no transport.
“We haven’t yet made an arrest and investigations are still underway,” said Mkhwananzi.

It is the second reported major breach of a maternity ward of a hospital after another incident at Epworth Clinic in Harare last month where a new-born baby was snatched by a woman who later told police she wanted the tot’s head for rituals.

The woman was arrested by an alert security guard before she could leave the clinic’s perimeter.