HARARE - Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ)’s director of Financial Intelligence Unit yesterday claimed that he was forced to sign a document suggesting that Bikita West legislator Munyaradzi had returned a gun he allegedly used to threaten a rape victim.
Mirirai Chiremba told the on-going rape trial of the former advisor to the RBZ governor that he was threatened with unspecified action if he refused to sign the “fraudulent” document.
Kereke is appearing before Harare regional magistrate Noel Mupeiwa charged with indecent assault and rape after allegedly molesting his wife’s two nieces in his Vainona home at gunpoint.
The case is being privately prosecuted by Charles Warara.
“”On the morning of August 22, 2010 I was summoned by Kereke to meet him at Bon Marche shopping centre in Chisipite,” Chiremba said.
“When I arrived, he was already parked and he produced a pistol and said he wanted to return it to RBZ Security because some people were alleging that he had used it in a criminal offence.
“I took the gun and drove to the bank before locking it in a safe. The following day Kereke stormed into my office holding papers and provision of receipt was dated June 14, 2010
“…he was a powerful man and though I knew it was wrong to do so, I still signed the document.”
Chiremba said he later called Grasham Muradzikwa, RBZ head of Security and asked if he could enter a back-dated weapon return entry.
“Muradzikwa refused to participate and said that records were subject to inspection by auditors,” Chiremba added.
Chiremba said he approached the RBZ governor Gideon Gono, who he claims advised him to secure the firearm because he feared the gun may have been used in an activity that could affect the bank.
Kereke’s lawyer Erum Mutandiro claimed Chiremba was conniving with Gono to nail Kereke.
“You just disowned a document that you signed for agreeing that my client returned the gun on June 14, 2010.
“Do you really expect the honourable court to abandon explicitly documented evidence and adopt your belated evidence,” questioned Mutandiro.
“If the gun in question is licensed, it means that it is recognised by ZRP. Why then should you try and fabricate allegations against the accused person?”
In his defence Kereke refutes claims that he raped the victim at gun point arguing that the pistol purported to have been used on the day had already been returned to RBZ by that time.