The feud between Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor Gideon Gono and his former advisor Munyaradzi Kereke has taken another nasty turn following the arrest of Kereke’s personal chauffer Privilege Maturure over the weekend.
Kereke recently accused his former boss of trailing him and of having unleashed RBZ security officers to assault his driver. The matter is already before the courts.
Maturure’s arrest came hardly 24 hours after the arrest of a nurse Jacob Chiweshe, who allegedly masqueraded as a medical doctor and compiled a medical report claiming Maturure had sustained assault injuries from unknown people.
Chiweshe, a State-registered nurse based at Parirenyatwa Hospital was the first to be picked up on Thursday after it emerged he reportedly originated the fake medical report while Maturure was arrested on Friday afternoon at the Harare Magistrates’ Court soon after attending the on-going hearings.
Both men are expected to appear in court today.
The medical report which has become the centre of controversy in the trial of the RBZ security
officers, who are being charged of severely battering Chiweshe, was disowned by the purported author Dr Johannes Marisa on Friday last week.
It has, however, emerged that the registered nurse is also a brother-in-law to Dr Marisa thereby raising State concerns over who was the brains behind its compilation.
According to the medical affidavit, the name of the patient that was examined after the alleged assault was “Headache”, hence the defence lawyer, Advocate Linos Mazonde challenged its authenticity.
The State relied upon the same medical report while opposing bail against RBZ security officers, George Nyahuye and Phillip Dendere on their initial court appearance in February this year.
The prosecution handed over the same document to Advocate Linos Mazonde arguing his clients were not suitable candidates for bail, a claim Mazonde challenged and sought to prove by verifying, thereby opening the “can of worms”.
Initially the State had opposed bail on the basis the medical affidavit specified that Maturure had suffered severe injuries as a result of the alleged assault.
And besides, when Nyahuye and Dendere appeared in court applying for bail, Maturure came and sat in court in a wheelchair and the court was asked to take that into consideration.
But in their defence, the two accused stated that when they were arrested by one Constable Mavhene, he remarked that they had “crossed the paths of important people”.
They also said at the same time Kereke “threatened to prepare a very good medical affidavit” against them.
On Friday last week, prosecutor Liberty Gono said the medical report submitted in court was a dubious document.
“The State has now managed to identify the actual person who compiled this medical report. He is Jacob Chiweshe and is assisting police with investigations,” Gono said.
However, when Dr Marisa took to the witness stand, he was very emotional and told the court that he was alarmed by the degree of forgery which was on the so-called medical affidavit.