RAPE ACCUSED Bikita West MP,Munyaradzi Kereke, was Wednesday at pains to explain how happy he was with his polygamous life as he continued with his defence case.The Zanu PF legislator, who has been defending himself for five days, was forced to disclose his private life after he objected to private prosecutor,Charles Warara’s line of questioning.
Kereke felt offended and asked for court’s intervention arguing that Warara’s questions were defamatory and meant to denigrate his religious affiliation to Johanne Marange apostolic sect.
Warara had asked him, “When you said you are happily married you meant to three wives?’’The legislator is on charges of raping his 10 year old niece in 2010 and also indecently assaulting another niece who was 15 during the same year. Magistrate, Noel Mupeiwa, reminded Kereke that Warara never objected when he was embarrassing and implicating everyone in charges he is facing.
“I don’t see what rights are being trampled upon here. During his defence, the accused person went to town attacking other people’s character and his character is also subject to scrutiny. He is well aware of that and the court even warned him,” ruled Mupeiwa.
Given the opportunity to roast Kereke on his marriage, Warara then questioned Kereke if he had divorced with any of his wives. Kereke then told court he once had five wives.
He said he broke with two of them leaving him with three.
“I am happily married to three women at the moment. I have three wives at the moment and will confirm that I have had two previous divorces,” said Kereke.
Warara further questioned:
“You recently married another wife when you joined that church and hold a financial position? Is it not true that that wife was donated to you?
Kereke refuted the claims and kept insisting that Warara’s sentiments sought to denigrate his church.When his defence case opened, Kereke told court there was no way he could have raped a juvenile because he was happily married.
Kereke also told court the two victims were naughty and had even demanded thousands of dollars from him.