Kereke’s rape trial opens

BIKITA West MP Munyaradzi Kereke’s private prosecution trial on rape and indecent assault charges opened at the Harare Magistrates’ Court yesterday with the legislator claiming he was being framed by his political and business rivals.

BY PAIDAMOYO MUZULU

Kereke made the claims when he appeared before regional magistrate Noel Mupeiwa charged with raping and indecently assaulting his two minor nieces sometime in 2010.

He is being represented by James Makiya and Nathan Chigoro, while Harare lawyer Charles Warara is prosecuting the matter.

According to the prosecution, on a date unknown, but sometime in March 2010, Kereke allegedly indecently assaulted his 15-year-old niece by fondling her breasts and kissing her without her consent.

In the second count, Kereke is again alleged to have raped his other niece aged 11 years at gunpoint, while at his Vainona house in Harare on a date unknown to the prosecution, but sometime in August 2010.

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When the offences were allegedly committed, the two girls, who are sisters, were staying with their paternal grandfather Francis Maramwidze as their parents were resident in the United Kingdom and United States respectively.

In his defence, Kereke said: “The allegations are malicious, unfounded and extortion and these have since been hijacked by political and business enemies.

“On count one, I was not in the country at the time, and on count two, I was not at home at the time, but at my medical business at Rock Foundation Medical Centre.”

The 15-year-old complainant told the court Kereke was in the habit of caressing them whenever they visited his Vainona house even in the presence of his wife, who is an aunt to them.

She also told the court that on the day in question, Kereke took advantage of her aunt’s absence, as she had gone to the shops to buy groceries, to indecently assault her.

“He called me from outside where I was fetching water from the pool and when I went to him, he pulled me into the house, kissing me on the mouth. He started fondling my breasts and continued kissing me,” she said.

She added that she screamed, but no one came to her rescue.

She further told the court she was shocked and confused about what had transpired to the extent that she did not share her ordeal with anyone.

The girl said she only opened up after her younger sister revealed the alleged rape to their other aunt who stayed in Avondale, Harare, and that then led to the reporting of the case to the police.

The court dismissed Kereke’s four applications that sought to stop proceedings, objection to the production of a telephone communication record, expunging of some material from the record and to have both defence counsels cross-examine the witness.

The trial continues today.

8 Responses to Kereke’s rape trial opens

  1. Gumbura January 12, 2016 at 7:34 am #

    Kereke should just own up on his rapism.

  2. Fred January 12, 2016 at 7:37 am #

    Stupid Zanoid rapist. Castrate the guy now…

  3. pumpkin January 12, 2016 at 8:09 am #

    chiramu is old fashioned and not meant for Christians

  4. Zvazvri January 12, 2016 at 10:08 am #

    As their parents were resident in the United Kingdom and United States respectively…………chirungu chakauya nengarava. Respectively is an adverb that seeks to separately or individually relate to and in the order already mentioned (used when enumerating two or more items or facts that refer back to a previous statement).

  5. Taliban January 12, 2016 at 11:00 am #

    @Zvazvri i was about to say the same. this is kindergarten journalism!

  6. butro January 12, 2016 at 2:27 pm #

    ko kana zvakubata tsvakaiwo zve vabve zera uye moyedzawo kuroyera kure. kwete kubata chibharo muchikanganisa ramangwana revechidiki. gone are the days pamaiti muramu mudonzvo wenzimbe. the law must take its course.

  7. sherpard January 12, 2016 at 3:30 pm #

    the law need to take its own course, if its true the guy needs to rot in prison, why on earth would 2 minors lie about a rape case, I am strongly convinced that this guy is a rapist and deserves to go to prison. He thought Zanu pf will protect him forever little did he know that the tide is gradually turning and God does things at his own time.

  8. sekuru January 12, 2016 at 6:10 pm #

    Kutamba chiramu kunoitika but there are limitations to what may or may not be done. Sexual intercourse was frowned at cause parents believed in virginity and still do so. Guns definitely were never allowed and am sure are not allowed even now. It is my belief that such lethal weapons will never be used pakutamba. If what’s said by the toddlers is TRUE, the accused should have admited his guilt and settled with his in-laws. Going to court is a very bad choice and might regret that decision one day-someday. I rest my case.

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