Former Minister Bhasikiti Cleared Of Rape Charges
Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, a former Minister of State in Masvingo, was on Monday cleared of rape charges he has been facing since 2019. He was being accused of raping a 12-year- old at his Moira orphanage in Mwenezi, Masvingo.
Ms Zuyu cleared Bhasikiti of the rape charge due to conflicting and inconsistent statements made by key state witnesses during the trial. Bhasikiti also denied the charges, claiming that he was being framed as retaliation for ordering some occupants to leave part of his Moira farm.
Bhasikiti appeared before the Mwenezi magistrate Faina Makumbe. On 15 December, he was remanded in custody until 29 December and was advised to seek bail at the High Court. He was not asked to plead during the court appearance.
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Bhasikiti was transferred to Chiredzi Remand Prison as his case would be heard at the Chiredzi Regional Court.
It is alleged that in 2019, Bhasikiti went into a room at an orphanage he ran on his farm in Mwenezi. He allegedly silenced the complainant by covering her mouth with his hand, removed her clothes by force, and raped her once. He threatened her with unspecified consequences if she revealed the incident to anyone.
Bhasikiti was arrested by police at Mwenezi police station sometime last year after they received a tip-off about an alleged rape.
Bhasikiti was a Minister of State from 2013 until he was expelled from the Government and ZANU PF in December 2014 on allegations of fanning factionalism.
In 2019, Bhasikiti announced that he was quitting politics to focus on farming.