Serial rapist arrested in Mozambique

A notorious serial rapist, Blessing Tsikai,accused of raping 16 women in Mashonaland East Province before going into hiding, was finally caught by the long arm of the law in Mozambique.

Detectives at Marondera District Police Headquarters confirmed that a suspect, believed to be Tsikai from Wedza, was in police holding cells and helping with investigations.

“Mozambique law enforcement agents arrested the culprit and handed him over to Mutare Police. He was transferred here for further investigations. Nine cases were reported to police by the victims but Tsikai has confessed that he committed 16 before he fled the country.

He was working at the time but workmate blew the whistle to the police. Investigations are in progress,” said a police spokesperson.

Police sources said the case was complicated and sensitive.Tsikai was singled out by complainants at an identification parade. The ages of his victims range from those as young as nine to over 60 years.

Posters bearing his face and national registration particulars were displayed around the province as he joined the police wanted list.

Tsikai reportedly embarked on the rape escapade soon after he was set free on bail from St. Thomas Prison, facing robbery charges. Sources at the Prison said medical records indicated he could be HIV positive.

Thousands of people flocked to the Marondera Police Station to catch a glimpse of the rapist who had caused so much fear among women in the area.

“Women had formed groups to fetch firewood as they feared falling prey to Tsikai. Others failed to harvest their maize crop around town, as rumour had it that Tsikai was on the loose and had superstitious powers to turn into wind after preying on the victims, making it impossible for anyone to apprehend him,” said a resident.

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