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Chiyangwa’ s daughter in sex toys scandal

Businessman Phillip Chiyangwa’s daughter, Vannessa, is courting trouble by selling sex toys and holding peep shows.


The board of censors last week said no one in Zimbabwe had ever approached them seeking clearance to sell sex toys, meaning that her business was illegal under Censorship and Entertainment Control Act of 1967 that was revised in 1996.

Vannessa has been holding peep shows where she auctions various sex toys and lingerie in Harare. The auctions have been criticised as immoral.

Secretary to the Censorship Board, Isaac Chiranganyika told Standardlife&style that they had not cleared anyone in Zimbabwe to sell sex toys or to hold auctions or any activities that promoted sexual activities.

That meant anyone engaging in the trade was doing so illegally, he said.

“Anyone who wants to do that business should first bring them [toys] to our offices for approval but we have not had anyone doing that,” said Chiranganyika.

“We are aware some people are smuggling the toys through various entry points and a number of them have been caught. Their cases have been dealt with at the magistrates courts,” he said.

Chiranganyika disclosed that most of the culprits were foreigners coming to attend the Harare International Festival of the Arts (Hifa).

“It is during festivals like Hifa that we normally record the highest number of sex toys brought in but we confiscate them,” said Chiranganyika.

The board keeps different types of vibrators/dildos impounded over the past two years.

Most of the toys in their possession are for use by women while artificial female organs are also part of the goods.

Asked whether she had sought clearance from the censorship board, Vannessa said; “As a club operates, there is no censorship as I don’t expect minors to attend my shows and I don’t allow anyone under 21 to attend.”

About the legality of her trade, she said: “It’s just like you asking me, are condoms illegal! Sex toys just like condoms, are merchandise that facilitates pleasure and sex, so do lubricants which are sold in pharmacies in Zimbabwe.
“Carex is now introducing a vibrating condom, is that classified as an illegal toy and how did they get clearance?” she quipped.

‘I am not a pimp, I don’t sell sex’

Vannessa Chiyangwa (VC), daughter to businessman Phillip Chiyangwa has raised eyebrows by holding auctions for sex toys in Harare. The Censorship board says such auctions are illegal.

Our reporter, Silence Charumbira (SC) got in touch with the sassy young lady who also hosts peep shows to get an appreciation of her motives and nature of the business which is being held in a largely conservative society. Below are excerpts from the interview.

SC: How is the response to your auctions and what kind of clients do you attract?
VC: Granted, our society is a conservative one and people shy away from conversations that are to do with intimacy, we have been pleasantly surprised by the turnout and response. Women out there are very sexually active. And if you attend the shows and just exploit the idea that peep is here to help you maintain your sex life with your partner safely and to just enjoy it, then a certain group of people will think differently. The clients I’ve attracted are in different categories; couples who are open-minded about going the extra mile to ensure that their unions are kept sacred, the married women and men [who come] separately and single women and men who all want to spice up their sex lives and enjoy each other by placing their inhibitions aside to please the other’s needs.

SC: Is the event open to the public and how often is it held?
VC: Yes, the event is open to the public. Intimacy is not for a particular group, hence we are accessible to a varied target market. The different platforms we use to market these shows are testament to that. I often post upcoming events on my Facebook page Vannessa Chiyangwa Chironga/ Peep Collection and to my WhatsApp contacts. It is held once every month, now at Vukani Cafe in Belgravia opposite the service station near Reps Theatre.

SC: What other activities are involved?
VC: We have a variety of activities apart from the auction. We also have models that showcase our latest lingerie ranges. These are not limited to only slim models but we also have fuller figured women, which also says to the fuller figured girls, ‘you are still sexy and YES we have merchandise for you’. The models always have a set of three performances for that night, either choreographed and or improvised as it depends on the crowd at times. The first act encompasses the girls’ first showcase of the lingerie and the second a choreographed sensual skit of the bondage theme using handcuffs, blindfold, whip, gag and leash performed by a male and female. And more! if I tell you everything that happens you won’t come to our next show.

SC: How much do your activities affect you morally considering the reserved nature of Zimbabweans?
VC: Reproduction is as a result of intimacy and sex, and even in this reserved nature of Zimbabweans, when someone breaks the news that they are pregnant we celebrate. I design trendy baby bags too LGS bags found in 9 months later at Westgate and 33 Bath Road, Avondale. Being that I exercise the idea that God invented sex, my morals are not based on a culturally bound society, but one that helps people express their innate sexual nature. I am not in any way affected morally by selling merchandise that enhances this process, which is why we do shows at bridal showers and bachelorettes because we want to equip women with tools that will help them satisfy their men sexually. And that is not immoral. [It is a business] where people can feel safe and confident enough to talk about sex without it being a faux pas. As they say, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained”
SC: How much do you make on average per single auction?
VC: That information is privileged to us as a growing business.

SC: There has been talk that you auction young girls; can you clarify on that. Is there some sort of pimping going on and what do the girls get from it?
VC: I need to be clear about something. I’m not a Madame! I don’t sell sex. I don’t have anything to do with selling sex, only the products!

SC: How do you select the models?
VC: I select models through my Facebook page, Peep site and women just approaching me who want to exploit their sexuality in a way that makes them feel sexy and liberated. They get to have their hair done, get to be made over and also get paid for their services as Peep Models.

SC: Are sex toys legal in Zimbabwe?
VC: Are sex toys illegal? It’s just like you asking me, are condoms illegal! Sex toys, just like condoms, are merchandise that facilitate pleasure and sex, so do lubricants which are sold in pharmacies in Zimbabwe. Carex is now introducing a vibrating condom, is that classified as an illegal toy and how did they get clearance?

SC: How do you import them, and do you get some kind of clearance from the Censorship Board for your activities?
VC: You need to clarify your question. But as the club operates there is no censorship as I don’t expect minors to attend my shows and don’t allow anyone under 21 to attend and those restrictions are clear on the tickets for every show. We have bouncers and appropriate members to make sure of that.

18 Responses to Chiyangwa’ s daughter in sex toys scandal

  1. Hemp February 23, 2014 at 11:43 am #

    Comparing condoms with sex toys is a “faux pas” as condoms do not “facilitate pleasure and sex”.
    Has VC never heard condom use being compared to consuming candy in it’s wrapper?
    I’m all for sexual freedom but S&M, really? Chains, whips, cuffs etc? There’s nothing normal about that. Not even in the western world is bondage and S&M considered normal. It’s NOT.
    I, personally find it unappealing, perverted, and a little bit much but that’s my personal opinion.
    I do support her endeavors as she is catering to willing adults. No one is forced to attend and no one gets hurt.
    Leave her alone!

  2. sku February 23, 2014 at 11:57 am #

    She intelligent, this s indigenization. Lets support t. Asingade ma toys agare kumba kwake ne sex yake yakaneta

  3. Ngoni Muvengwa February 23, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

    Pliz, pliz let VC do what she knows best. I feel that as adults, one chooses to go or not. No one is being forced too. I think this is more of a pvt function. How many strip parties are held under the disguise of baby showers ? I actually support VC and I will always attend her functions. How many people indulge in oral sex. Should we also ask the Censorship Board to legalise or banish oral sex ? How many people watch porn and have been arrested for it ? How many people have porn (pictures or videos ) on their phones ? This censorship business is only but outdated. Its no longer relevant and it should be abolished. I support VC and I will be fighting for the opening of an adult shop very soon !!!!!!!!!

  4. t.chikosi February 23, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

    whats scandalous abt it..freedom of choice is the key…we pretend not to like these things yet our society is obessesed with human sexuality…

  5. Moe_Syszlak February 23, 2014 at 8:18 pm #

    This is much ado about nothing. Selling sex toys against Censorship Act? Are you kidding me? This lady is right. Maybe these dinosaurs must ban condoms and lubricants too. Oh wait, isn’t this Censorship board run by a certain 93yr old? Tanzwa shuwa nekutongwa netuharahwa.

  6. Riza February 24, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    What is the motive of this report and the line of questioning by the reporter? Seems like you are he’ll bent on getting the young lady into trouble with the censorship board. As journalists you should better appreciate how the country’s censorship laws are archaic and retrogressive. I would expect you to be fighting in her corner and not this snitching. Shame on both the reporter and editor!!

  7. Juju February 24, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    Another kardashian these chiyangwas will do anything to grab the spotlight

  8. sidliso February 24, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

    Just another slut

  9. chamvari February 24, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

    Regai mwana aite mari. Apa achapfuma kupfuura baba vake

  10. Tapson February 24, 2014 at 2:46 pm #

    Imi regai mwana aite basa ,VC go and do your thing girl.Censorship board im my bedroom ??My foot !!!Tell that idiot from censorship board that he can go to hell and burn.if I want to purchase sex toys its my personal business not yours.What else do you want to censor ??I bet if you see some styles that we employ in our bedrooms munenge motoda kutoda kucensor.Kana musinga fambirane nenguva indai munofa.

  11. Natty Bebe February 24, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

    I don’t see anything wrong with selling sex toys the woman is thinking out of the box & she is making her money give her a break.

  12. Reza February 24, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

    How can someone have sex with a toy? Is that not synonymous with bestiality? God created Eve, not a toy, for Adam. Adam was not a toy either. Just imagine yourself being Eve and being introduced to a toy as your husband. How would you kiss it, embrace it, etc? What feelings would one have for a toy? I think one has to reduce oneself to being a toy in order to have feelings for it. Anyway Zimbabweans just fall for anything foreign, but God will demand explanations to all our deeds.

  13. Nothing Wrong With Sex Toys February 24, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

    @Reza, a person does not “have sex” with a sex toy. As Brown University states, there are many misconceptions with sex toys.There is absolutely nothing wrong with using a device to release stress and enjoy the pleasures of life. A person can choose to use anything to please him or herself with a device.

    In Japan, there are many people who simply work 15-18 hour days and simply have no time for a relationship. Hence, the sale of dolls are very popular among the locals as a way to have “companionship”

  14. miss B February 24, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

    I clearly dont understand what the fuss is about really its not sold to minors as theres no problem , to be bleak about this discussion theres has been numerous lingerie shops over the years which sell sexy lingerie its the same as saying they selling sex is that not the same thing? if identification is provided at her peep events I see no harm yes people may find sone if her stuff provocative but alot of women find it sexy n elegant and pleasing to her partner or her husband eyes /whom she desires to please so no I dont see it as a big issue that it needed to be made a public announcement surely some of your information has been wrongfully reported then again vibrating penis rings sold in the pharmacies are sex toys in my opinion they are used to arouse both the male n female partner during inter course correct me if I am wrong?
    lubricant stimulators are sold freely but its to help your sex life as is condoms etc… all part of better sex, yes the condom is for protection from unwanted pregnancy and aids so please clarify why you sell flavoured /studded and ribbed condoms? its for pleasure right ? my theory is its all part of sex basically so

  15. Open Minded February 24, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

    There is one lady who has taken the initiative to get people exploit their own sexual capabilities for maximum pleasure. Its good that couples are attending these shows, chances are the couples have more to explore as couples as opposed to the old ways of getting more satisfaction by changing sexual partners. It might be arguable but I feel this is one way of encouraging one-partner-sex and in the process helping stop/reduce the spread of HIV and other STI’s.

  16. Bunnie February 24, 2014 at 8:54 pm #

    Just because we are from Africa doesn’t mean we don’t like sex toys and nice lingerie! Ngazvitengeswe

  17. Sage February 25, 2014 at 5:39 pm #

    @ Reza yo words r pregnant wth truth this z uncontaminated veracity so one word 2 a wiser z enough i hop vazvinzwira.

  18. florence nightingale February 27, 2014 at 6:09 pm #

    Yay! I say GO, girl! We should admit that something as natural as this is done and practised by Zimbabweans everywhere. Where is the harm in selling to consenting adults? I support this to the limit.

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