Kereke threatens the Daily News again

HARARE - Ex-Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) senior staffer Munyaradzi Kereke has threatened the Daily News with another lawsuit for publishing in yesterday’s edition, a story sourced from New

In his latest threat, Kereke claims the story headlined, “Gono, police ignored warning on Kereke” was malicious, false and defamatory.

He demanded a “right to be heard” failure of which he would institute a $1,5 million lawsuit.

This comes as the RocFoundation Medical Centre founder has been fighting a series of damaging social accusations, including allegations of raping a minor and a violent altercation in Masvingo about five years ago.

In his latest salvo, which also comes after he has threatened to sue the Daily News for $45 million, Kereke says he has never misused his firearm, but it was "an accidental discharge of my firearm"
On Monday, a company spokesperson said the paper remains undaunted by the young businessman's threats.

While we respect his rights to an audience and legal recourse, the Daily News remains undaunted... to report on any national issue — be it political, social or economic — without fear or favour and that's what we committed to our very important readers.

Our lawyers have been briefed and like in the $45 million threat, we will defend this one when it is launched."

Meanwhile, the maternal grandfather of the 13, year-old girl he allegedly violated has filed a High Court suit against police commissioner-general Augustine Chihuri and Attorney General Johannes Tomana to pursue the Harare businessman's prosecution.

In this September 5 development, Francis Maramwidze has moved to embolden family lawyer Charles Warara to pursue the matter, with the former being cited as first respondent and the latter as second, respectively.

According to his founding affidavit, a copy of which is in the possession of the Daily News, Maramwidze makes shocking allegations, including claims that a senior police official admitted the police had failed to arrest Kereke because of his political connections.

“Soon after I made a report to the police the accused Dr Munyaradzi Kereke for the first time in his life started to visit my house in Greendale. He came specifically to persuade me to drop the charges and in the process was interfering with investigations."

“When he noticed that I would not be persuaded, he went and collected his in-laws Muswapadare Taruvinga and Anna Muswapadare Taruvinga,” Maramwidze states in court papers lodged last Wednesday.

Maramwidze claims he kicked out Kereke and his entourage from his house and he immediately reported the matter to police, while Kereke threatened him with a lawsuit.

“The police at Borrowdale Police Station advised me to be careful with the children and my own life because he (Kereke) was very connected within the ZRP (Zimbabwe Republic Police) and CID (Criminal Investigations Department) who were protecting him.

“My lawyers advised me to stand by the police report I had made. I wish to put it on record that the accused came to my house five times to persuade me to drop the charges and threaten me,” he states in court papers.

Three months after making the initial police report, Maramwidze claims he visited the police station again and met one inspector Mbiringa who advised him that investigations were complete and police were waiting for medical reports from Parirenyatwa Hospital.

“At that stage it became clear that the police were not willing to arrest and detain the accused as is standard practice or according to the Police Charter. Following the despatch of letters by my lawyers to the police and AG, I was advised that the docket had been sent to the AG’s office (copies of the letters are attached)."

“I was also advised to check with Police General Headquarters for further enquiries and given reference number 10/03/11 and a telephone number 702083 or the Police complaints desk 703631.

He said meetings with two senior police commanders provided little relief.

“I knew I was hitting a brick wall. The police were clearly unwilling to follow the law and the AG was compounding the problem. I have lost faith in the criminal justice system which protects the influential.

“I further wish to place it on record that we have through our legal representatives written several letters to the respondents requesting clarification on the failure to prosecute. These letters were ignored until second respondent replied on January 27, 2012 claiming that an earlier letter meant to reach us had disappeared,” he said.

Maramwidze claims his lawyers were then sent from pillar to post in their quest to obtain written confirmation of refusal to prosecute.

No such communication has come their way since then.

Maramwidze argues that there is no basis for the state to decline to prosecute.

“…What is so special with the accused that his case can be declined prosecution without an arrest or even a statement having been recorded?” He queries in court papers.

“Even with medical records, respondents think it is not enough. I believe there is a hidden reason than what the public knows.”

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