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PF acts to silence Kereke
Mail and Guardian (SA)
October 11, 2013
his parliamentary seat last week after the party said he could not
represent Zanu-PF in Parliament
because of a rape case three years ago that has still not been heard
by the courts.
Kereke, a former
adviser to the central bank governor, has been involved in a spat
with his former boss, Gono, whom he has accused of stealing millions
of United States dollars from the bank, which Gono has denied.
Sources in Zanu-PF's
politburo told the Mail & Guardian that Kereke could not be
trusted because, in the past, he had threatened to expose alleged
corrupt activities by Gono.
The fear, they
said, is that he may end up implicating other high-ranking officials
in the party, who believed he must be shown the door.
Kereke has previously
threatened to submit evidence of the looting
of diamonds from Chiadzwa to Parliament and, after winning
a parliamentary seat in the July elections, sources say he posed
a risk of pressing for a parliamentary probe that would embarrass
problems are mounting as prosecutors have allegedly come under intense
pressure in recent weeks to prosecute him for the alleged rape of
an 11-year-old relative at his Harare home in Vainona.
were at Zanu-PF's politburo meeting this week said Kereke had been
all but ditched by the faction - led by Justice Minister Emmerson
Mnangagwa - who supported Kereke.
Mugabe allegedly told the meeting that Kereke was unacceptable to
the party, despite winning a parliamentary seat for it.
source says, in the tense meeting, Vice-President Joice Mujuru's
faction raised the matter of Kereke's outstanding rape case and
it was swiftly concluded that he must go to court, which was endorsed
by Mugabe. No one in the Mnangagwa faction came to his defence.
Gono has long
been a Mugabe favourite, which the media claim is because he has
acted as Mugabe's personal banker.
Before the July
31 polls, members of Mujuru's faction pushed to have Elias Musakwa
stand for the party in Bikita West.
As a result,
the Zanu-PF politburo blocked Kereke from standing as its candidate,
citing his pending case.
Musakwa is also
a former Reserve Bank employee. However, Kereke connived with the
party's provincial leadership in Masvingo, where he comes from,
to sign his candidature papers on behalf of the party, which were
accepted by the Nomination Court.
members are now being subjected to a party internal disciplinary
chiefs and war veterans in the Bikita constituency, among whom Kereke
is extremely popular, rallied behind him and Zanu-PF ended up fielding
two candidates in the constituency.
split and the odds heavily stacked against him by the Zanu-PF machinery,
Kereke won the seat.
But his triumph
has been short-lived as the speaker of the National Assembly, Jacob
Mudenda, expelled him from Parliament on Thursday last week after
Zanu-PF disowned him.
inform this honourable House of the provisions of the Electoral
Act that a vacancy exists in the membership of Parliament in
the National Assembly - the seat of Bikita West constituency,"
Mudenda told a plenary session of Parliament.
the seat had become vacant because of a declaration made to him
on September 30 by the Zanu-PF secretary for administration that
"Dr Munyaradzi Kereke, who was a member of that party at the
time of his election, has ceased to be a member and no longer represents
the interests of that party in Parliament".
section 129 of the Constitution,
which says an MP's seat becomes vacant when a political party writes
to Parliament to say that the holder of the seat is no longer one
of its members.
not permit floorcrossing. It was reported on Thursday that Kereke
has applied to the Constitutional Court to challenge his ejection
from Parliament but he could not be reached for comment.
The lawyer representing
the parents of Kereke's alleged rape victim, who cannot be named
as she is a minor, has also stepped up the pressure, filing an application
in the High Court demanding that he be prosecuted.
Charles Warara, claims a long time has passed since the police handed
a docket to the attorney general's office that allegedly claims
Kereke has a case to answer.
until proven guilty'
In an interview,
attorney general Johannes Tomana said his office's position is that
Kereke is innocent until proven guilty.
He added that
his office must uphold the Constitution and would not act like political
parties, which can choose to say people are guilty before they are
must be treated as innocent until proven guilty, so even Kereke
is innocent until proven guilty. We are guided by facts in the docket
and by the law," Tomana said.
parties may treat people [as] guilty based on half-truths but it
is a crime to push us to prosecute or to encourage us under the
that [Kereke's] case, you can ask the director of public prosecutions
where we are."
of public prosecutions was not available for comment but Warara
said this week he had lodged papers in the High Court to compel
the attorney general to prosecute the matter.
he was waiting for the matter to be set down and for the prosecutors
to state their position formally.
say they have evidence. We have lodged an application to compel
prosecution. If they don't proceed, we will go for private prosecution,"
rose to prominence as an adviser to central bank governor Gideon
Gono at the height of the country's hyperinflation in 2008.
They were at
the helm of the bank when it implemented controversial fiscal policies
such as continually printing money and raiding the foreign-currency
accounts of private companies to prop up a government facing economic
were highly unpopular with the public and fuelled inflation that
reached 213-million percent in 2008. Kereke later fell out with
Gono and left the bank.
He alleged that
Gono had stolen $100 000 from him and that Gono had forced Kereke
to write Gono's PhD dissertation. He also said he had evidence that
Gono had stolen millions from the bank.
In 2010, the
rape case allegedly involving Kereke emerged. He has denied guilt.
He is reportedly
close to army generals who benefited from his tenure at the Reserve
Bank at the height of hyperinflation.
In 2011, the
Standard's reporter and editor were arrested for reporting that
a new health insurance firm, Green Card Medical Society, owned by
Kereke, was on the brink of collapse.
Union of Journalists then ditched Kereke as a sponsor, saying that,
by pushing for arrests instead of approaching the Voluntary
Media Council, he showed he did not stand for press freedom.
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