Former Bikita West legislator Munyaradzi Kereke and suspended Harare Municipal Medical Aid Society (HMMAS) CEO Everisto Rukasha have been apprehended by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) on allegations of defrauding the local council of US$400,000.
The two individuals are scheduled to appear in court this afternoon, facing charges of fraud.
According to reports, Kereke and Rukasha are accused of colluding in March of last year to defraud HMMAS. They allegedly engaged in a fraudulent transaction involving an acknowledgment that the council’s medical aid society owed Kereke the sum of US$400,000, relating to the sale of his Fortress hospital in Ruwa. HMMAS had already purchased the hospital in 2014 for the full amount of US$800,000.
Munyaradzi Kereke, who was serving a 10-year prison term for the rape of a juvenile relative at gunpoint, was released from custody in August 2021 after being granted bail of $500,000 by the Supreme Court. His release was contingent upon strict conditions as he pursued an appeal against both his conviction and sentence.
Kereke had approximately 20 months remaining in his sentence, taking into account time off for good behaviour, when he was granted permission to appeal his case outside of custody.