KEREKE IN FRANTIC BID FOR FREEDOM
Former Bikita West MP Munyaradzi Kereke is making frantic efforts to secure his freedom.
He claims his 14-year jail sentence was politically motivated. Kereke has said that the new Mnangagwa administration would understand that his incarceration was politically-motivated.
According to court papers, Kereke has already benefitted from the reduction of his jail term which was allegedly slashed by the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service (ZPCS) and had his classification altered from being a dangerous criminal to a mere class C prisoner.
But the victim’s guardian lawyer Charles Warara, urged the court to dismiss the bail application and challenged the ZPCS to justify why Kereke’s sentence was tampered with.
“This is a scandal unfolding. As respondent (Francis Maramwidze) got to know, there are senior government officials who are working to ensure the applicant is released from jail. He has simply confirmed those statements made by leaders connected to him,” Warara said.
“If the ZPCS can chop off 40 months that means, all this was orchestrated to synchronise with the application for bail…..it will become meaningless for justice system to benefit rapists on the basis that a court sentence can be slashed by prison officials just like that…
“He (Kereke) told the trial court that he belonged to the Lacoste faction in Zanu PF and that the persecution he was facing was as a result of that. He admitted to be very close to the current President of Zimbabwe (Mnangagwa) and as such he might be using that influence in prison to continue his political protection.”
After receiving a response to the bail bid, Kekere lawyers wrote a letter dated February 22, 2018 addressed to the Registrar (Criminal Division) of the High Court advising that Kereke was withdrawing his application indefinitely.