Kereke rape case: Judgement day set

Source: Kereke rape case: Judgement day set – NewZimbabwe 13/06/2016

JUDGEMENT day for Zanu PF Bikita West Member of Parliament (MP) Munyaradzi Kereke who is accused of raping his then 10-year-old niece has been set for next month.

Magistrate Noel Mupeiwa, said Monday, that he would deliver his ruling on the rape and indecent assault charges the legislator faces on July 11.

The state and defence attorneys will deliver their closing submissions on June 22 and July 1 respectively.

Kereke is accused of raping his 10-year-old niece at gun point at his Vainona home in Harare at around 1 am on August 22, 2010.

However, Kereke denies the charges arguing he was at his Mandara house on the day and time of the alleged offence.

The MP also faces indecent assault charges. He is accused of fondling his other niece who was 15 at the time.

Kereke denies this charge as well, arguing he was abroad when the offence is alleged to have occurred.

A former top advisor at the central bank, the MP told court that charges against him were a malicious fabrication by former RBZ boss Gideon Gono meant to fix him for exposing corruption at the bank during the latter’s his tenure.

The legislator went on to accuse several other people in the claimed against him, including former Vice President Joice Mujuru as well as journalists.

He also told court that the girls’ guardians crafted the case against him after he refused to settle their school fees arrears as well as give the two minors $8,000 to visit their mother who lives abroad.

The victims’ auntie, Kereke’s wife, also told court that her nieces were naughty and could have been abused way before allegations against her husband arose.