The Malawian HIV-positive man, widely known as “hyena“ has been found guilty of ritual sex. Mr. Eric Aniva, a sex worker, who claimed to have had unprotected sex with more than 100 newly bereaved widows, did so in the name of the traditional “widow cleansing” practice.
Worse still, Mr “hyena“ who was equally the traditional “sex ambassador” to many underage girls, who newly have their menstruation, disclosed that he did not inform his sex “slaves” about his HIV status before the sexual jamboree. Traditionally, in Malawi, when a woman lost her husband, “widow cleansing” must take place before the widow must have sex thereafter. Equally, it is a common cultural practice in many southern regions of the country for girls to be forced to have sex with a man after their first menstruation; in both cases, Mr. Eric Aniva has for years acted as the “sex ambassador.” He was paid to devirginise young girls who have had their first mensuration.
“Widow cleansing” was outlawed a few years ago in Malawi, but that did not stop “hyena“ from his “lucrative“ practice. It did not harm that “hyena” did not have “competitors” in his monopolistic “duty” ““ I mean, job.
The outraged President Peter Mutharika order his arrest in July and wanted him tried for defiling young girls, but unfortunately, none of his victims, clearly due to fear of intimidation and cultural revenge, came out as a witness. Eventually, with two women who testified against him, “hyena“ was tried under section five of Malawi’s Gender Equality Act for having sex with newly bereaved widows. He will be sentenced on 22 November.
Perhaps, with his lucrative “duty” and excessive libido under threat, it would not be a surprise if “hyena” would even challenge the court’s jurisdiction over his traditional “duty.” Nor would it be abnormal for “hyena” to remind whoever cares to listen, that Malawi needs him more than ever – after all, his is a job without other “experts,” he perhaps, strongly believes.
WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ABOUT “HYENA`S ARREST AND TRIAL? IS HE A VICTIM OF CULTURAL PRACTICE? AS THE TRADITIONAL “HYENA“, WAS HE MORALLY EXPECTED TO DISCLOSE HIS HIV STATUS TO HIS “SEX SLAVES“?