Ajigija in sexual abuse scandal
28 September 2016
A JUNIOR soccer trainer who also doubles as the popular Ajigija clown in Harare’s high density suburb of Glen View lured three primary school boys from his neighbourhood with money and snacks into having anal sex whilst he took pictures of them.
Matson Maricha, who resides in Glen View 1, is said to have lured the boys aged eight, nine and 11 with an unspecified amount of money and some snacks and ordered them to have anal sexual intercourse whilst he was recording.
Maricha was arrested and he was yesterday taken to Harare magistrates’ court charged with ‘inciting other persons by communication to commit aggravated indecent assault’.
The 48-year-old, who was being represented by lawyer Edwin Hamunakwadi of Hamunakwadi and Nyandoro Law Chambers, was not asked to plead to the charges when he appeared before magistrate Bianca Makwande.
Maricha was remanded out of custody to October 24 for his trial on US$200 bail.
Magistrate Makwande also ordered Maricha to find an alternative address to stay as part of his bail condition.
The State, led by Peter Kachirika, had it that sometime in September 2016 during the school holiday, the three boys were playing in their neighbourhood when they were approached by Maricha.
Maricha reportedly asked the boys to follow him to where he was going.
Prosecutor Kachirika had it that the boys complied as they knew Maricha as a clown (Ajigija) who used to entertain young people in the area.
Reports are that Maricha took the boys to a drain along 6th Crescent Road in Glen View 1 where he asked them to remove their clothes.
Accusations are that Maricha asked the boys to take turns to have anal sexual intercourse and promised to give them some money and snacks (zap nax).
It is said that the boys complied and started having sexual intercourse whilst Maricha was taking pictures of them in the act.
Maricha is alleged to have threatened the boys not to reveal the ordeal and promised them that he would fetch the money and the snacks from his house.
The matter came to light on September 14 when one of the boys told his mother that he was having problems in urinating.
Upon being interviewed by his mother over the source of his problem, the boy revealed that they were forced to have anal sexual intercourse by ‘Ajigija’.
The boy’s mother informed the relatives of the other boys before they took the matter to the police. Maricha was arrested and taken to court.