The small sugar cane town of Chiredzi was left in a state of shock last week when a popular prominent businessman and leading farmer was dragged to court for raping his 2 year old daughter.
Timothy Chityengwe pleaded not guilty to rape charges when he appeared before a local magistrate Constance Mutandwa.
He was remanded in custody and was advised to apply for bail at the High Court.
Prosecutor Joseph Makuni told the court that Chityengwe is divorced with the mother of his victim and the child was in the custody of her grandmother.
Court heard that on 27 September this year, Chityengwe met his daughter who was in the company of her grandmother and asked for permission to spend the day with her at his house promising to take her back in the evening.
According to prosecutors, instead of returning the minor to her guardian Chityengwe spent the night with the victim which is when the rape took place.
The abuse was noticed the following day after the grandmother was bathing the baby and saw that she had swollen private parts, and took her to the hospital for treatment.
A medical examination showed that she had been penetrated.
Police were notified and investigations led to the arrest of the businessman.
He is being represented by Georgina Ndava of Mangwana and partners.
Chityengwe owns a fleet of haulage trucks in the area and is also the secretary for publicity for Mkwasine Sugarcane Farmers Association.