Kereke case still pending: Tomana

HARARE - Attorney-general Johannes Tomana has said they were gathering more evidence against former Reserve Bank senior staffer Munyaradzi Kereke, accused of raping a 11-year-old girl.

The AG told the Daily News in an exclusive interview the matter was still pending and did not see why it should be prioritised, since his office treats every criminal case with the same consistence.

“How much do you know about the case?” Tomana asked in an interview which will be published in full in tomorrow’s edition.

“Can I call you to come and give evidence against him? Can I call any of your so-called public to come and give evidence against him? Why is it such a juicy kind of thing that they want to talk like that when none of them can come forward and give evidence?”

Charles Warara, the lawyer representing the girl, demanded that Tomana must provide official reasons why he cannot prosecute so that they can proceed with a private prosecution.

“We had expected Kereke to be brought before the courts in December,” Warara said.

“My understanding from briefings by my clients is that the police had promised to take the matter to court during the school holidays to give the girl a chance to testify.”

In fact the AG had promised they would move ahead and bring Kereke to justice, Warara said.

“Instead, the police concentrated their efforts on trying to construct a case against me of abuse. They actually wanted me to persuade my client to give a statement against me.”

Meanwhile, Tomana said his office did not bow to public pressure in its execution of its duties, stressing any form of pressure was a violation of his powers provided under Chapter 76 of the Constitution.

Instead, the top government lawyer said the public should follow due process and allow matters to be dealt with without attaching labels to his person and that of his office.

“That matter is a matter that is still pending,” Tomana said.

“If I am going to say let’s drag the man because the public say so and take him to court and I leave the evidence that actually will prove the magistrate to throw my case out, what will you say?”

Warara has been consistent in pressing for the alleged rape case to be brought before the courts.

Last year, he wrote to Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri expressing his disgust at what he called denial of justice after prosecution authorities refused to charge Kereke “even though the investigating officer had indicated it was a serious case and had forwarded it to the AG as normal procedure for guidance.”

Warara claimed that the lack of proper investigation by the police and tardy prosecution by the AG accounted for the inability of his client from securing justice.

Kereke hit back, by lodging 14-page complaint with the Law Society of Zimbabwe stating that Warara frequently took the girl to all-night prayer sessions in Glen Forest at which he allegedly abused her.

He demanded an investigation.

Warara said it was a desperate attempt by Kereke to scuttle the probe.

•Don’t miss tomorrow’s riveting Guthrie Munyuki Interview with Johannes Tomana

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