Zimbabwe’s Supreme Court has granted $500 000 bail to rape accused former Zanu PF legislator for Bikita West Munyaradzi Kereke, pending the businessman’s appeal against both conviction and sentence for rape.
Kereke, a top ally to President Emmerson Mnangagwa, was jailed 10 years September 2016 for raping his 11-year-old niece at gun point.
The incident happened in 2011 at the bearded politician’s Vainona home in Harare.
Kereke, a former advisor to the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor, has pleaded his innocence in his protracted bid for freedom.
He maintains Noel Mupeiwa, the magistrate who slapped him with the lengthy jail term, erred in finding him guilty.
Mupeiwa handed down his judgement against Kereke on July 11, 2016.
While serving time at Chikurubi Maximum Prison, the tycoon ex-lawmaker has been a privileged species of inmate after it emerged last year that he was often sneaked out of prison by corrupt officials to go and enjoy conjugal rights in his home.
Kereke was also said to have been spared from performing manual chores which were part of his jail conditions.
It was also alleged that then Zimbabwe Prisons Commissioner General Paradzai Zimondi wrote to his juniors within the correctional services directing them to engage Kereke so he could provide some expertise on projects, finance and economic planning as well as other social welfare initiatives.
The controversial politician is a 2006 economics graduate with the Atlantic International University.