President Emmerson Mnangagwa has freed convicted rapist and former Member of Parliament for Bikita West Munyaradzi Kereke.
In a statement released by the Prison and Correctional services His Excellency the President has in terms of section 112 (1)(a), (c) and (d) of the constitution of Zimbabwe granted amnesty to prisoners as outlined in the following categories;
Remission of sentence for prisoners at the open prison
6. Remission of sentence is hereby granted to all prisoners serving a term of imprisonment at the open prison. This category consists of prisoners who as a result of good behaviour and a genuine desire to reform whilst in closed prison have been selected for the open prison rehabilitation programmes.
Last month the former legislator was moved from Chikurubi Maximum Prison to the Open Prison system because of good behaviour. tentatively making him qualify for the remission.
Kereke was in 2016 slapped with a 14-year jail term for sexually abusing his relatives’ then 11-year old daughter at gunpoint, but four years of his jail time were suspended on condition of good behaviour.
Political Analyst Discent Bajila said the whole amnesty was created by the President to pardon his longtime ally Kereke.
“This amnesty comes as no surprise at all. It fits perfectly into an expectation held and expressed by many to the effect that Mr Mnangagwa will do all it takes to create conditions necessary for the amnesty of his friends. Nothing is cryptic around the fact that Munyaradzi Kereke is the primary target of the amnesty and everyone else is a secondary beneficiary.”Bajila said.
“We saw this coming the moment it was announced that MDC-T activist Yvonne Musarurwa was going to be released. It was as clear as day that the target of the move was to disarm women’s rights groups who would have raised alarm if a rapist was first to be released first “