Prosecution Wants Kereke Sent To Jail
The private prosecutor is baying for Bikita West legislator Munyaradzi Kereke to be jailed sighting that there has been overwhelming evidence that he raped his wife’s 11 year old niece in 2010.
In his closing submissions, Charles Warara said by refusing to be tried for the past five years, Kereke knew he was guilty of raping the minor and indecently assaulting her sister. The magistrate Noel Mupeiwa set July 11 as the judgment day.
Warara said if Kereke was innocent, he should have proved it in court.
“Accused took years to be brought to court with even the Prosecutor General shielding him.
“Accused has been refusing to come to court, but his protection crumbled when the Prosecutor-General was convicted by the Constitutional court. Is this the conduct of an innocent person? Will this court ignore this conduct and do justice to this case,” Warara said.
Warara said the doctor’s report confirmed that the victim was raped. In his defence, Kereke discredited the medical report which he said was false. “It is clearly strange that accused thinks that the doctor’s report was aimed at him. He has a reason for this. He raped the complainant hence his conduct. It is also clear that the complainant’s story makes sense. This court cannot be persuaded that complainant lied to the court by either fabricating a story or exaggerating what happened,” he said.
Kereke claimed the allegations were fabricated to fix him after he had refused to give the complainants money for school fees. The prosecution insisted that Kereke committed the offences.
“If these rape charges were created to fix the accused, why would the complaint’s grandparents not have alleged that both were raped? Why would medical evidence confirm that indeed one of them was raped?
“In any case, why would a normal family want to go through five years seeking justice? Is the political story mentioned by accused of any truth? “How could accused’s story be anything else other than a desperate attempt to pull wool onto the face of the court? Where do politics and political enemies come in? This is a clear case of rape.”
Kereke’s lawyer Erum Mutandiro is expected to respond to Warara’s submissions on July 1.