Kereke in hot soup over rape

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HIGH Court judge Justice Happious Zhou yesterday ordered the private prosecution of Bikita West MP Munyaradzi Kereke over allegations of raping a minor four years ago.

In a judgment delivered in Motion Court, Justice Zhou ordered Prosecutor-General (PG) Johannes Tomana to issue a certificate of private prosecution to the girl’s guardian, Francis Maramwidze.

Maramwidze had filed an application with the High Court after Tomana declined to prosecute Kereke for lack of evidence.

Speaking after the judgment, Maramwidze’s lawyer, Charles Warara, said they were now waiting for the PG to avail the certificate of private prosecution.

“We will have to proceed in terms of the directive of the High Court, obviously taking into consideration what the Prosecutor-General will do.
The order is specifically for him to issue a certificate for the applicant in this case to proceed to prosecute on a private basis,” Warara said.

“So what that means is that we just have to wait for the response from the PG. Once they avail the certificate, then we proceed in terms of the law.”

Kereke, who is the former adviser to ex-Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono, is accused of sexually abusing his then 11-year-old relative’s daughter at gunpoint in October 2010.

The matter at the time was reported to police, who referred the
docket to the then Attorney-General’s Office, where prosecution was declined.

In his application before Justice Zhou, Maramwidze claimed to have lost faith in the country’s judicial system owing to the failure by the prosecuting authority to bring Kereke before the court for prosecution.

“When I made a report to the police, a docket was opened under CR02/10/10,” Maramwidze said.

“I then took the girl to the hospital for medical examination. Following this, the police were expected to take the case a step further by effecting an arrest, [but] that was not done and he [Kereke] was not even called to the police station.”

Maramwidze further claimed all his efforts to have Kereke interrogated over the rape allegations met stiff resistance from the law enforcement agents who were allegedly connected to him being an “influential” person.

“I made further reports to ZRP [Zimbabwe Republic Police] about his frequent visits and threats and the police advised me not to entertain him. They even told me to be very careful with the children as well as my wife since he [Kereke] was well connected to ZRP and CID officers who were protecting him and who could harm me,” he said.

Maramwidze said at one point, he held a meeting with one Police Senior Assistant Commissioner at Creda Court in Harare who allegedly admitted that they had failed in carrying out their mandate.

“When I asked him about the police charter and what it states on rape cases, he categorically admitted that the ZRP had failed in its duty to bring this case before the courts of law as well as failed to put the accused in custody or even arrest him because he was influential,” Maramwidze said.

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  3. Well I suppose we have to stick to the dictum; innocent until proven guilty! What of course is curious is the length of time it has taken the two parties to have their day in court. Surprising no longer of course, is the unwillingness of the Prosecutor-General to prosecute this case..The PG declined to prosecute Jane Mutasa and the court had to issue a directive for private prosecution as in this case..The constituency development funds which were helped by MPs to grow legs is yet another case the PG would not prosecute. By the way what became of the EU case which one wonders why it excites our PG..could it be that this is in Brussels far away from home? Being the ignorant legal buffoon I am, all I can say is…what is going on? If the PG will not prosecute, who will? Chinamasa was quoted sometime back in the press as having said this guy is incompetent but then so is Chinamasa..so I ask again, hey what is going on here?

  4. now Kereke is nomore ZANU so he can be prosecuted,if he was still ZANU then even the highcourt could have kept quet.ZANU chiororo,haisungwi even it rapes,kills, touchers etc… it ends up by being declared liberation hero.

  5. if this kereke guy did it he deserves the “harshest” sentence of them all.on the other hand dificult to believe murume mukuru wese uyo point a gun @a 11 yr old girl to rape her.but us being humans everything stupid and evil is posible with us

  6. kereke is being framed, how can he rape a 11 year old at gunpoint. Gono might be making his revenge by backing the father. Bt they can neva be evidence to nail him now given tht ts bn 4 years. On the under hand the judicial system in Zim always favours the rich and powerful

  7. WAS THE GIRL MEDICALLY EXAMINED IF SO WHAT HAPPENED TO THE MEDICAL REPORT.IF THE MEDICAL REPORT CAN BE FOUND THEN THERE IS A CASE TO ANSWER IF THE SEMEN OR ANY OTHER DNA SAMPLE OF HIS WAS TAKEN.VEKUCHIPATARA KANA VAKADYISWA IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT. KUHWINA KANA KURUZA VANHU VEZPF VANE MBIRI DZERAPE,TORTURE NEMURDER ITS THE WAY THEY DO THINGS,SOME OF THEM HAVE DEGREES IN VIOLENCE.

  8. This is nonsensical…., I have few questions, if u can answer me the u can continue to prosecute if not then forget it..
    1. now its four years after the alleged rape, why were you not using the same procedure today to secure such order to prosecute Kereke?
    2. what did the medical report say and where is it now?
    3. If you have lost faith in our judicial system before, where did u get such faith now?
    4. If they once told you to be careful and to protect your children against him, why is it that today u come up so strong and unshaken against the same animal. Is he not connected anymore?
    My conclusion is that, Kereke is being framed and they want him out of Parliament and its also a direct retaliation against Gono saga. Remember his also some allegations that he evaded to pay tax to an amount of 4 million, where is that matter now, why are we not being updated. I smell a rate. Kereke you are in big shit, u need us boy…. otherwise a wrongful arrest is knocking on your doors….

  9. Th elapsed time does not matter at al as long as pane evidence chete lky th medical report nd witnesses batai munhu, Ingawani gumbura was burnt of rape chargez tht transipired some long years ago, Rich guys sometimes a notorious perhaps akatobata mwana iyeye fo rituals of business, anwe dont forget to donate blood guyz, be a proud blood donor today!!!

  10. My records reveal that Kereke is a recipient of blood but most of it was from Axe Killer. The mutation is understandable seeing he has becone sexually agressive. The fool needs cooling in a closely fitted slammer.

  11. Beware of the blood we give to you, am saying this at tremendous risk to myself, we dont screen all donations especially in emergency cases. ”ngavamame” my boss always says.

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