FORMER Zanu PF Gwanda Mayor Rido Mpofu has been arrested for allegedly rap_ing his 15-year-old relative on several occasions while she was staying with him.
Mpofu (70) from Jacaranda suburb in Gwanda was not asked to plead when he appeared before Gwanda magistrate, Miss Caroline Matanga facing a rap_e charge last week. He was remanded in custody to 23 October.
Prosecuting, Mr Noel Mandebvu said Mpofu rap_ed the minor once sometime last year and three times this year. The court heard that Mpofu would threaten to chase the complainant away from his home or stop supporting her if she reported the matter.
“Sometime during the year 2019 the complainant was at accused person’s place of residence where she used to stay and one night when she was about to sleep the accused person went into the complainant’s bedroom and asked her to polish his shoes.
“Complainant woke up and as she was receiving the shoes from the accused person, he pushed her onto the bed and rape_d her. Accused person went further to rape the complainant on three other occasions this year and would threaten to chase her away from his house or stop paying her school fees if she revealed the matter to anyone,” he said.
Mr Mandebvu said the complainant later revealed the matter to her grandmother sometime in August and the matter was reported to the police on 25 September. Mpofu was arrested on Wednesday last week following police investigations.
Mpofu is also a former Zanu PF chairman for Matabeleland South province.