Charles Warare told The Zimbabwean that while the State had done everything to frustrate his client’s quest for justice, Kereke’s loss might be a good omen.
“While this does not have much effect on the material structure of the case, I believe that this might be an indicator that those who have been protecting Kereke from prosecution might be losing the war,” Warara said.
Kereke stands accused of forcing himself on a girl aged 11 in 2010 but has mysteriously evaded arrest despite “overwhelming evidence” linking him to the act.
“Kereke has been shielded from justice based on…his status. We just want justice, he must just see his day in court if he is acquitted then so be it. We are ready for the trail, our guns are ready and we are confident of a conviction,” the girl’s lawyer said.
In July, rights activist Betty Makoni criticised the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission for allowing Kereke to run as a candidate. “I am so shocked that ZEC could allow him to run for such a respectable position,” she said.
Despite Zanu (PF) withdrawing its support for Kereke in favour of another candidate during the elections, the former Reserve Bank senior staffer won the constituency. Last week the party wrote to the Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Mudenda, demanding that the seat be declared vacant and he obliged.Post published in: News