A Zimbabwean man is on the run after his mother fell pregnant following an incestuous relationship over several years.

Chief Chinamhora of Domboshova said that his aides were looking for Simon Matsvara and his mother Ethel Vhangare who is said to be five months pregnant.

“We are going to hunt for the two and we will punish them severely to send a clear message to would-be offenders that we do not tolerate such acts,” the chief said.

Neighbours in Pote village claimed that this was the second time Ethel had fallen pregnant by her son having suffered a miscarriage the first time back in 2008.

They said the pair started their relationship after Simon’s father, Agripah, suffered a stroke and relatives assigned him to help his mother look after his dad.

A few months later, while her husband was still alive, Ethel admitted to villagers that she was pregnant and that her son was responsible.

Family elders reportedly fined the pair an undisclosed number of cattle and Ethel suffered a miscarriage two months later just before her husband died.

But the pair continued with their relationship, resulting in another pregnancy this year which came to light when Ethel started absconding church services.

Fellow worshipers visited her at home where they found she was five months pregnant and reported the outrage to Chief Chinamhora.

The pair then fled the community after the chief sent his aides to arrest them.

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