<vote /> Former Bikita West legislator Munyaradzi Kereke yesterday again accused ex-Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono of being behind his imprisonment over rape charges. He claimed his former boss influenced the girl’s guardian to pursue the rape matter by offering him tractors.
Kereke, who is serving a 10-year jail term, made the remarks through his lawyers, Advocate Thabani Mpofu, who was assisted by Advocate Sylvester Hashiti, while urging High Court judge Justice Happias Zhou to grant him bail pending appeal. Mpofu said Kereke did not commit the alleged rape on an 11-year-old girl as alleged by the State, but was incriminated due to political interference and Gono’s involvement in the plot,
It was Gideon Gono who offered the girl’s guardian tractors in return for him to pursue the matter.
In response, private prosecutor Charles Warara urged the court to dismiss the application, arguing the conviction was above board. Warara said Kereke was a man of no fixed aboard and, as such, he was a flight risk if released on bail, given his connections outside the country.
Judgment was provisionally set for October 7.
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