Kereke jailed for raping minor

HARARE - Controversial businessman and Zanu PF Bikita West legislator, Munyaradzi Kereke, was yesterday sentenced to 14 years in prison after being found guilty of raping his wife’s then 11-year-old niece in 2010.

Passing sentence, Harare regional magistrate Noel Mupeiwa sat aside four of those years for five years, on condition that Kereke, 44, does not commit a similar offence during that period.

A relieved private prosecutor Charles Warara — who fearlessly and relentlessly pursued the case over the past six years against all odds, including crossing swords over the matter with then powerful but now suspended prosecutor-general Johannes Tomana who had declined to take Kereke to court — hailed the magistrate’s ruling last night.

“The judgment was thorough and we have no questions about it. It has been a long fight. It has been six years and we are happy that justice has finally been served,” he said.

The victim’s guardian, Francis Maramwidze, broke into tears after the sentencing procedure, saying he had been “consoled to a certain degree by knowing that Kereke has been convicted and sentenced of the rape charges.

“It is very unfortunate that I got to know about the rape incident a few weeks later. The complainants are my lovely babies whom I raised. I know that there is a God in heaven and justice has now taken its course,” he said.

Kereke had earlier in the day pleaded with the court to pass a lenient sentence, imploring the magistrate to take into account the fact that he had three wives and 17 children whom he needed to take care of.

But the dogged Warara urged the court to pass a sentence of not less than 20 years, to set an example that would deter others in high office not to engage in crime, and so that they would know that “the long arm of the law will catch up with them”.

“He was married to several wives but had unprotected sex with a minor and risked her contracting sexually transmitted infections. The time it has taken to have the matter heard should also be considered … together with prosecutor-general ...Tomana the accused person took a stand to frustrate and evade the long arm of the law.

“If it was not for the relentlessness of the complainants and their guardians, this matter would have died a natural death,” Warara argued successfully.

However, Mupeiwa acquitted Kereke of the other serious charge of indecent assault that emanated from an incident in which the then 15-year-old sister of the raped girl had complained that he had fondled her.

But Mupeiwa nailed Kereke on the rape charges pertaining to the then 11-year-old, after noting that the prosecution’s case had been strong.

“The defence attacked the second complainant and questioned why she had not screamed or informed her guardians about the rape in time. However, it does not follow that every rape incident should be characterised with screaming, keeping evidence, crying and early police reports.

“The complainant was a minor, but managed to give graphic details of the rape. The fact that Dr Chanakira confirmed that she was sexually violated is enough. Why she had not informed elders in time is quite reasonable for an 11-year-old girl,” Mupeiwa concluded.

The magistrate did not also buy Kereke’s “lies” that he was no longer in possession of a gun at the time of the rape that he had obtained from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe where he was an aide to retired governor Gideon Gono.

“He (Kereke) said that he had surrendered the gun in August 2010, but the question was who to believe between Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe officials and the accused person.

“I did not buy his argument that he was given the weapon for the Sunrise Operation because considering his position at RBZ, there was no way he would have been going around transporting trunks full of cash.

“It is common cause that he got the gun well before the cash crisis and for personal use. The court believed what the complainant said that she was threatened with the gun,” Mupeiwa said.

The magistrate also dismissed Kereke’s claims that senior politicians had ganged up against him to supposedly nail him, adding that if it had also been true that the complainants’ guardians also wanted to extort money from him, they would have demanded money from him to have the case withdrawn.

“If they planned and fabricated the charges, the guardians would not have spent the night alternating between Borrowdale Police Station and Parirenyatwa Hospital immediately after the news was delivered to them.

“I wonder what the accused person thought was the relevance of bringing the 2013 incident which he claims former vice president Joice Mujuru convened a meeting with other government officials and ... Gono to fabricate the charges.

“The complainant had already reported the matter in 2010. What other charges was the accused person talking about in 2013? The accused person failed to establish his afterthought defence,” Mupeiwa noted.

Comments (17)

aaaaaah! Vakomana

Nhamoino - 11 July 2016

What a good day for me !!!

Tengenenge - 11 July 2016

Madzibaba Kereke, mudapakati hezvo. Munobuda vana varoorwa zvese navakadzi

Chidhara - 11 July 2016

its a good lesson to those wo think money can buy then justice

murume murume - 11 July 2016

Small fish in the pan, now some nets for the sharks please!

Mazano Rewayi - 11 July 2016

Poltiks. He will spend the 10 years abroad unless we are shown Kereke akafeka makhakhi. Anywhere, he will be pardoned very soon. Watch and see. Ngwena camp being decimated!

nyimo - 11 July 2016

And when is Chombo, Mpofu, Kasukuwere etc going to be arrested for crimes we know they have committed and arraigned before the courts. Justice can not only be meted against the small fish while the sharks continue to loot and amass property while our esteemed President and police take no notice. This is wrong Mr President.

Warvet - 11 July 2016

@Daily News; yu nid to break the news like this more often than posting articles after midday! welldone for kiping up with events. feed we more!

SaManyika Chaiye - 11 July 2016

Kereke wandinyadzisa shamwari kukura kwese kwatakaita hatina kumbofungidzira kuti uchaita zvakadai, nemari yose nembiri yawanga wave nayo wanga washayei bhururu.

shaolin kung fu master - 12 July 2016

Political persecution. He must have made a terrible mistake of crossing a dangerous path yemashefu just like Gumbura akadya paidya vakuru. A person like Kereke can get any woman he wants becoz he had means and would not use a pistol or knife to threaten a woman to give in to rape. Vasina mari ndivo vanoshandisa mapanga. Apa cash iri tii.

Robsugar - 12 July 2016

Leadership without Charater

nay - 12 July 2016

Well Done. May he serve the sentence!

kelly - 12 July 2016

Evil spirit inoshandisa vakuru nevadiki. Kanzvamubata anoshandisa pistol, mungwe achishandisa mapanga. Deliverance is needed. Chawana hama chinoda misoro pangwechete. Mhosva ye rape yakaipa kwazvo. Asi munhu a nozo yeuka atadza kana zvamubata.

kakale - 12 July 2016

Justice for all , the gentleman who bunt MDC driver in Buhera can now be prosecuted privately after having been shieded by Tomana for years Mhosva haiwore

Justice world - 12 July 2016

Musatambe naGono. He is the custodian of the Dynasty. The issue is deeper than what we are seing on the surface.

Amai Mandigona - 12 July 2016

Madzibaba Kereke will soon be Madzimai Kereke kkkkk. On a very serious note kudos to Charles Warara the private prosecutor who did a sterling job to ensure justice prevailed unlike the corrupt Tomana who worked overtime to make sure the rapist Kereke was not prosecuted. Heartless Tomana you are next. How do you sleep at night knowing kuti wairamba kuti rapist akabata chibharo an 11 year old aite face the full wrath of the law? Tomana you were accomplice. Uchapihwawo dzako 10!

Ray Phiri - 12 July 2016

The court should have given this dog 100yrs in prison

Benito - 16 July 2016

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