Kereke dumps lawyers

Bikita West MP Munyaradzi Kereke (Zanu PF) has dumped his lawyers James Makiya and Nathan Chigoro midway through his trial on charges of raping and indecently assaulting his two teenage nieces in 2010.


Kereke’s trial, which is being prosecuted privately by Harare lawyer Charles Warara, opened at the Harare Regional Magistrates’ Court on January 11 this year. The Zanu PF legislator is denying the charges, saying he was framed by his political and business enemies.

In a dramatic move, Kereke yesterday relieved Makiya and Chigoro of their duties to represent him and replaced them with a lawyer from Mutandiro and Partners.
Kereke made the move while the second witness was in the middle of giving evidence in camera.

Chigoro confirmed that they had severed ties with Kereke, but could not go into details.


“My senior counsel Makiya told me that we should not be at the court and can’t go into the details of what transpired,” Chigoro said.

Makiya and Chigoro, during their tenure, made six applications before the court, mainly trying to bar some documents being admitted as evidence in the trial.

Of the six applications, only two were upheld and these related to the order of 2010 phone records of the complainants being made available to the defence.

They also won a ruling that one of the medical cards could not be admitted as exhibits, but evidence could be led from it.

Meanwhile, prosecutor Warara confirmed that the second witness had finished giving evidence to the court.

“The second witness has just completed giving evidence and being re-examined. A third witness would be put to the stand when the trial resumes on February 3,” Warara said.

The prosecution still has six witnesses to lead, but the number could rise after the defence asked the medical doctors who examined the alleged victims to come and testify.

6 Responses to Kereke dumps lawyers

  1. mazino akaora January 19, 2016 at 6:18 am #

    Interesting happening. Where is the catch in dumping lawyers? Could be related to the high fees?

    • Hacha Ndizvo January 19, 2016 at 11:06 am #

      Not high fees – these fellows failed to handle the magistrate – Kereke is used to getting protection and he cant take it that the magistrate is ruling against him.

  2. rasta wezhira January 19, 2016 at 9:27 am #

    nxaa stupid rapist, stupid court, 10 years now nyaya haisati yapera no doubt some of these magistrates degrees are fake just like Kereke’s doctorate

  3. Susan January 19, 2016 at 2:09 pm #

    These lawyers deserve the sack becoz they were not listening to the paymaster’s voice. These legal/client discords do not augur well for the accused.

    • kk January 19, 2016 at 6:37 pm #

      Keele has forseen doom as the witnesses adambrate there side of the story which is impeccable, unshakeable! Out curiosity which side are you big sister, do you know how it feels to be raped?

  4. Tindo January 19, 2016 at 8:53 pm #

    Delaying tactics

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