HARARE – Bikita West Zanu PF legislator Munyaradzi Kereke’s rape trial was yesterday postponed to April 4, after the private prosecutor failed to pitch up ostensibly because he fell sick.
Kereke, 43, is being charged with indecent assault and rape after he allegedly sexually molested his wife’s two nieces.
Charles Warara sent a letter to the court explaining his absence.
But Kereke’s lawyer Erum Mutandiro fumed and accused the prosecutor of buying time.
“The accused person had secured some of his witnesses from the rural areas and suffered costs to secure appearances of counsel on this day.
“The court ought to order the private prosecutor to compensate the accused person’s wasted costs,” Mutandiro said.
“The court should also take notice of the fact that on the last hearing, the court marked displeasure on the private prosecutor who came in late.”
Presiding magistrate Noel Mupeiwa dismissed Kereke’s query.
“Being ill is not something that is planned, it just happens and the court is satisfied that the private prosecutor could not attend these proceedings because of his health,” Mupeiwa said.