<vote /> Bikita West legislator and Zanu-PF member Munyaradzi Kereke who was sentenced to 14 years in prison for raping his 14 year old niece, wants the Prosecutor-General’s Office to pay legal costs incurred in his private prosecution.
Through his lawyer Mr Marshal Hondo Chitsanga, Kereke is refusing to pay legal costs sought by private prosecutor Mr Charles Warara. Chitsanga said
The prosecution should show good cause why the PG should not be burdened by such costs. The court, in it its judgment, clearly stated that the convicted person did not act unlawfully when he was not publicly prosecuted. The decision to decline prosecution was made by the PG not our client. He could not have possibly attended trial after the PG, who has authority, had declined his prosecution.
However Warara wants either Kereke or the Prosecutor General's office to pay for the legal costs at a higher scale,
Kereke was the beneficiary of the misconduct by the PG to defy justice and if it was not for the apex court, he would be roaming freely in the streets. The court should order him or the PG’s office to pay the costs and the costs must be punitive.
The matter was remanded to Monday next week to allow the Prosecutor General's office to respond through written submissions or by coming to court and respond orally.
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