My wife, child have vanished: Kereke

HARARE - Munyaradzi Kereke, the former advisor to Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono, has made claims that his wife and child have vanished and he says he suspects foul play.

This is revealed in a letter Kereke wrote to Speaker of Parliament, Lovemore Moyo after the speaker had turned down his request to be granted immunity and parliamentary protection saying he wanted to source and produce before the High Court information he claims to have against his former boss.

He said: “On a separate and more devastating note, on the 13th of September, 2012, my wife and my four-year-old daughter just vanished and the ZRP is helping with investigations. Indications so far suggest that foul play looms large. God has a way and I pray they are both safe.”

“Whilst clearly, Parliament has no jurisdiction on protection of persons, my pointing out to Parliament these crude developments is simply to underscore that in our country, we now seem to have semi-gods and warlords who openly terrorise others in ways that if not curbed swiftly  risk edge the country on an avoidable path of instability.”

Police spokesperson Tadius Chibanda said he was not aware of the case and asked the Daily News to get from Kereke either the docket number or the name of the police station where the case was reported.

Kereke was not picking up his phone yesterday evening and did not respond to text messages sent to his mobile phone.

Speaker of Parliament Moyo turned down Kereke’s request and advised him to approach police and the anti-corruption commission with his evidence.

Speaking to the Daily News yesterday, Moyo said Kereke does not fall within the categories of people covered by the Parliamentary Privileges Act.

“What I noted was that the parliamentary privileges, immunities and powers of Parliament Act Chapter 208 has a provision for legal immunity. This is enjoyed by MPs, officers of Parliament and witnesses called by Parliament to give evidence,” said Moyo.

“Given the categories that are provided, none of the above did Dr Kereke qualify to be considered as he is not an MP, officer of Parliament or a witness.”

“Given the provision, it is clear that he does not qualify, we regret to advise him that Parliament was unable to grant him the immunity that he was seeking.”

Kereke wrote in a September 3 letter: “Hon. Speaker, I write to you to make a landmark request that the Parliament of Zimbabwe grants me leave and immunity to source and produce before the High Court of Zimbabwe information which I know certainly exists proving the rampant acts of theft of millions of public funds fraud, corruption, gross abuse of office, betrayal of national interests and breach of the Official Secrets Act and other vices by Dr Gono, Governor of Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe.”

Kereke, a Zimpapers board member, has been fiercely fighting Gono since he was fired from the central bank early this year. When he left the central bank, he claimed that he was earmarked for a top government posting. - Staff Writers


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