Police vs Kereke: Part II

HARARE - IN MONDAY'S ISSUE OF THE DAILY NEWS, WE PUBLISHED CONTRASTING VERSIONS ON WHAT TRANSPIRED ON JULY 8, 2007 IN WHICH MUNYARADZI KEREKE WAS CHARGED WITH ASSAULT, MALICIOUS DAMAGE TO PROPERTY, AND DISCHARGE OF A FIREARM AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY STORMED A MASVINGO HOTEL BRANDISHING A GUN THREATENING TO KILL HIS GIRLFRIEND. KEREKE DENIES FIRING SHOTS AND INSTEAD CLAIMS PEOPLE IN POLICE UNIFORM AMBUSHED HIM IN A HOTEL ROOM AND FIRED TWO SHOTS. IN TODAY’S ISSUE, WE PUBLISH THE LAST PART OF THE POLICE VERSION AND KEREKE’S LETTER HE WROTE TO LAWYERS AT THE TIME STILL INSISTING THAT A GANG OF PEOPLE IN POLICE UNIFORM WANTED TO KILL HIM.

As they were leaving the hotel Dr Kereke passed through where Claytos Zvirikuzhe was standing and he told him that the two girls were safe and was taking them to Harare. (16)

17. After Dr Kereke and the two girls had gone, Claytos Zvirikuzhe discovered that they had no car keys for the vehicle they had been using which he had left in the room whilst begging for mercy. They telephoned Joseline and Dr Kereke drove back and parked outside Flamboyant Hotel then directed Ben Furusa to take the keys to where Claytos was.

18. Along the way to Harare, Dr Kereke was furious up until he pulled off and slept just before Mvuma. He woke up around 0600 hours on July 8, 2007 and drove to Harare arriving at about 0900 hours.

19. Joseline who had sustained a sprained ankle was treated at Trauma Centre, Avondale that same day and did not go for work that whole week.

Tinashe who had sustained bruises was also treated at the Trauma Centre.  

20. The shooting incident was reported to Police on 8/07/07 at 1230 hours. Reports Received Book number 0036908 refers. No satisfactory reason for the delay in reporting was given despite the presence of two Tripple Share security guards (one Musungatai and another) during the incident.

21. On 10/07/07 Dr Gideon Gono wrote a letter to Propol Masvingo requesting him to give assistance to Mr M.E. Chiremba, a Senior Division Chief in charge of Financial Intelligence Inspectorate, Evaluation and Security Department whom he had instructed to carry investigations.

22. Mr M.E. Chiremba went to Masvingo and he paid Zimbabwean fifty million dollars ($50 000 000) to Flamboyant hotel, which was not receipted on the pretext of clearing the eight million ($8 000 000) hotel bill for the two girls and a retired Major Alfred Munyaradzi who also had been booked into the hotel by John Zvirikuzhe.
 
The hotel general manager Mahata Benson and the Front office manager Muchemwa Edison indicated, that they were not interested in pursuing criminal charges but were only interested in Dr Kereke making good the inconveniences caused.

23. On Saturday 14 July 2007 Dr Kereke’s relatives (an uncle and  one cousin brother only identified as (Innocent) approached Mr Alexio Duva Mukarati, 70, NR 63-652367 E 04 (Joseline’s father) and his wife at number 13 Malvern Road Waterfalls and asked for forgiveness.

Dr Kereke who had accompanied them was denied entry into the premises and ended up loitering at Zindoga Shopping Centre where Claytos Zvirikuzhe talked to him separately.

Dr Kereke is reported to have offered an undisclosed amount of money, which was in a brief case.

The Mukaratis are reported to have declined any form of payment.

24. Joseline Zvirikuzhe, Tinashe Nyuke and John Zvirikuzhe all of whom were Dr Kereke’s victims all indicated   that they were not interested to pursue criminal charges against him.

25. During the course of investigations it was established that Dr Kereke was previously involved in a shooting incident at  Liquids Night Club last year when he drove his Land Cruiser vehicle on the curbside of the nightclub and fired four shots before driving away.

This was confirmed by Patrick Chivhanga (Manager Liquids Nightclub) and Trust Muzanenhamo, 37, NR. 12-037745 E12 of 6734A Mboroma Street, Mucheke D, who is employed at the nightclub as a security guard.

One Prosper Chikati of VID Masvingo allegedly reported the incident to police. Sentiments echoed at the nightclub were to the effect that Dr Kereke was very powerful and influential such that police could do nothing to him.

26. Early this year Dr Kereke is also reported to have been involved in another incident opposite Chelsea Hair Salon near Victoria hotel, Main Street, Masvingo in which he is alleged to have withdrawn a pistol and threatened another man suspected to be a CIO member.

The CIO member is alleged to have reacted faster than Dr Kereke and cocked his weapon faster than him resulting in Dr Kereke fleeing.

One Jessie Murandu of 3652 Rujeko A, Masvingo of Chelsea Hair Salon and also John Zvirikuzhe, confirmed this incident. ZRP General Headquarters July 19, 2007

Police vs Kereke: Part I

Munyaradzi Kereke the former advisor to Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor, Gideon Gono, was on July 8, 2007 accused of causing terror in Masvingo where he was charged with assault, malicious damage to property and discharge of a firearm while threatening his girlfriend.

The Daily News managed to obtain a police memorandum chronicling how Kereke allegedly brought a hotel in Masvingo to a standstill, brandishing a gun and threatening hotel officials in typical movie style.

But Kereke had his own version of events and instead accused people in police uniform of trying to kill him.

He said it is the police not him who fired shots in a hotel room.  

The Daily News publishes the police’s version of events and also Kereke’s version for the readers to judge. Their versions contrast so what exactly transpired on that action-packed day in Masvingo?

This memorandum serves to put on record that further verification on what exactly transpired was done and the following was established to have happened:

1. Doctor Munyaradzi Kereke (35) NR 63-785927 D04 of number 92 Norfolk Road Mount Pleasant and employed by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) as an advisor to RBZ Governor Dr Gideon Gono accompanied his girlfriend Joseline Mukarati (24) NR 63-1166361 R 04 of 13 Malvern Road, Waterfalls, Harare and employed as a Payroll Executive at RBZ to Masvingo where there was a lobola function for her cousin one John Zvirikuzhe (33) NR 29-174578 X04 of 1539 Eastvale, Masvingo.

2. Dr Kereke and his girlfriend were accompanied by the following:-

- Tinashe Lynne Nyuke, 23, Cousin to Joseline of 18 Simon Mazorodze drive, Riverside, Gweru
- Ben Furusa nephew to Dr Kereke (NFPK)

3. In Masvingo, Dr Kereke spent the whole day drinking whisky and finished the bottle whilst the lobola payment proceedings were in progress. The other people were also taking alcohol.

At about 2300 hours on 7/07/07 Dr Kereke, Furusa, Joseline and Tinashe proceeded to Liquids Night Club in Masvingo where they continued drinking.

He parked an Audi Q7 vehicle he was driving inside the nightclub garden and they enjoyed themselves to more drinks and dancing.

At around 0200hours whilst Dr Kereke was on the dance floor, his girlfriend Joseline proceeded to the vehicle and sat in the car allegedly playing with her phone.

She was later approached by Dr Kereke who accused her of phoning other boyfriends and cheating on him.

An argument ensued and as Dr Kereke tried to get the cellphone for evidence, Joseline threw the cellphone to the ground.

This enraged Dr Kereke who assaulted Joseline all over the body using fists and booted feet. Other patrons rescued her and she ran away to hide in Pink Pigeon Restaurant.

Other patrons confronted Dr Kereke over the incident. A scuffle with other patrons ensued resulting in the nightclub security — Trust Muzanenhamo, 37, of 6734A Mboroma Street, Mucheke D — forcing Dr Kereke out of the nightclub.

During the scuffle, patrons were heard saying Dr Kereke was armed.

Outside the Night Club Dr Kereke assaulted Tinashe Nyuke with fists and booted feet as she tried to intervene.

He also slapped his nephew Ben Furusa for not coming to his aid during the scuffle.

Tinashe telephoned their cousin John Zvirikuzhe to come and pick them up as they were being assaulted.

John Zvirikuzhe proceeded to Liquids Night Club to rescue the two ladies in the company of the following relatives:  Tafadzwa Zvirikuzhe, Claytos Zvirikuzhe, Onwards Zvataiona.

Three Police Constables — Number 059661Y, Cst Munyavhi, 057548G, Cst Kuimba and Cst Munzira — attended the scene and resolved the issue without arresting anyone.

3. Joseline indicated to the Police that she did not want to go with Dr Kereke; no longer loved him and she gave him his money, which was in her bag with the assistance of the police.

John Zvirikuzhe took the two ladies_and booked them into Room 1016at Flamboyant Hotel for their “safety” from Dr Kereke who was violent.

10. After leaving the two ladies at Flamboyant hotel, John Zvirikuzhe proceeded to his house where he found Dr Kereke waiting for them.

Dr Kereke demanded to be shown where the two ladies were but John declined to show him.

11. Dr Kereke later managed to talk to Claytos Zvirikuzhe whom he tricked and convinced that he wanted to collect car keys from Joseline.

It was later agreed that John and the four men mentioned in paragraph 7 would go to collect the keys and they proceeded to Flamboyant Hotel.

However Dr Kereke also followed and was only noticed on arrival at the hotel.

12. On arrival at the hotel Onwards Zvatato was send to 1016 to collect the keys from Joseline.

After Onwards had gone to the room, Dr Kereke approached the Hotel Receptionist, one Mathias Muchembere of Number 28- 6th Street, Sisk, Masvingo who was manning the reception. Dr Kereke identified himself as a policeman and demanded to be shown where Onwards had gone alleging that they were gold dealers.

He produced a personal CZ pistol serial number 44304, pointed it at and threatened Mathias Muchembere for not cooperating. He further said Muchembere should save his nation by allowing him through.  

13. In fear for his life, Mathias Muchembere then directed him to Onwards who was proceeding to the room. Dr Kereke caught up with Onwards and placed the CZ pistol on the back of his (Onwards) head and forced him to call out Joseline's name so that she would open the door.

After the door had been opened, Onwards was kicked and hit with a fist and ordered to lie on the hoot inside the room.

Dr Kereke closed the door and ordered the women to sit on the floor assaulting them with open hands and fists in the process.

During the process, he threw a water jar onto the wall damaging it, pushed a 21-inch television set to the floor and also damaged an electric kettle.

14. All the time, he was waving his pistol menacingly threatening to kill Joseline. He fired the pistol twice damaging a French door and a windowpane. On hearing gunshots, John Zvirikuzhe and the other four men mentioned in paragraph 7 proceeded and entered the room.
 
They were also threatened with the pistol as they tried to intervene by begging him to stop what he was doing. He corked the pistol and fired it for the third time.

Claytos Zvirikuzhe advised his male relatives to retreat to safety and they left Dr Kereke with the two ladies.

15. Dr Kereke continued to threaten Joseline for alleged infidelity whilst in the room but later said he would take them to Harare so that he would tell Joseline’s parents about her infidelity.

On leaving the Flamboyant Hotel Joseline and Dr Kereke were holding each other as if nothing had happened, although Joseline was bare-footed as she lost one of her shoes during the scuffle at Liquids Night Club” - ZRP POLICE GENERAL HEADQUARTERS JULY 19, 2007






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