Desperate Kereke bids to stall rape trial

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Staff Reproter

Munyaradzi Kereke

ZANU PF legislator, Munyaradzi Kereke, filed an urgent application before the Constitutional Court Thursday seeking to block his prosecution for allegedly raping an 11-year-old minor.

Kereke had been spared trial over the charges after Prosecutor General, Johannes Tomana, refused to handle the case and also defied court orders to allow private prosecution.

But Tomana issued the private prosecution certificates Thursday after the courts threatened to have him jailed for 30 days.

This prompted Kereke to rush to the courts where he already has a pending case challenging the constitutionality of private prosecutions.

The MP’s urgent application seeks to have the girl’s grandfather stopped from prosecuting the rape charge until the constitutional challenge is heard.

Kereke contends that his constitutional case is likely to be heard by the courts next year while the girl’s guardians can prosecute him anytime now after Tomana granted the certificate for private prosecution.

The former senior central bank staffer is accused of raping the girl at his Mt Pleasant home in Harare in 2010.

The MP denies the charges and Tomana had been refusing prosecution, claiming lack of evidence.

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