Rapist Kereke to remain in prison

HARARE - Convicted rapist and former Zanu PF legislator for Bikita West, Munyaradzi Kereke, will continue to languish in prison after his application for bail pending an appeal against both his conviction and 14-year sentence for rape was thrown out by the High Court yesterday.

The former aide to retired Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor Gideon Gono is serving an effective 10 years in jail for raping his then 11-year-old niece at gunpoint six years ago, after four years of his sentence was suspended.

High Court judge Justice Happious Zhou ruled yesterday that there was a high likelihood that Kereke would flee the administration of justice if he was given bail.

“The applicant has been exposed to prison life, after he was convicted of a very serious offence and a long prison term imposed. It makes it difficult (to think) that he would not abscond if granted bail.

“It would be improper to ignore skepticism of the applicant’s innocence by the learned magistrate who convicted him,” Zhou said, adding that Kereke, who was found to have been manipulative and to have interfered with evidence during his trial, made it “difficult for the court to believe that he will not do the same if released”.

In his bail application, Kereke had offered to pay up to $2 000 as surety and continue residing at his Hatfield home.

However, Zhou ruled that Kereke could not be said to be a person of fixed abode as he had several places of residence and could thus frustrate the administration of justice.

During his trial, Kereke claimed that he only had two houses in Vainona and Mandara, although he later provided a Hatfield address as one of his other properties while in prison.

Zhou also ruled that the prospects of success of an appeal did not always constitute grounds for applicants to be granted bail.

This was after Kereke’s lawyers criticised the magistrate who presided over his case for believing the victim’s testimony against his defence when he was convicted and sentenced to prison.

Kereke argued that the statements proffered to the police by the complainants were contradictory and should not have been considered credible by the court.

“In one statement, applicant undressed the victim, in the other he simply lifted the dress. In one statement, after the act, complainant went to her room and slept, in the other she wept all night through.

“All these key discrepancies were not considered by the magistrates’ court and the fact that the discrepancies prima facie rubbish any suggestion that there was sexual intercourse constitutes a basis upon which applicant has more than a fighting chance on appeal,” he argued further.

Comments (3)

You must face the full wrath of the law CDE Kereke. What were you thinking when you were on top of that girl? Hope you get raped by hard core criminals in jail from your behind and know what it feels. Icho!!

Gandanga - 10 October 2016

If you check some girls with is kids in Bikita you will know this guy was a sex maniac, cheat and this rape is almost payback for all the heinous things he did, even destroying some marriages.

therambo - 11 October 2016

Rapist Kereke must rot in jail ndokuti azive kwekuburitsira chinhu chake next time.

woman - 11 October 2016

Post a comment

Readers are kindly requested to refrain from using abusive, vulgar, racist, tribalistic, sexist, discriminatory and hurtful language when posting their comments on the Daily News website.
Those who transgress this civilised etiquette will be barred from contributing to our online discussions.
- Editor

Your email address will not be shared.