Kereke: Noisemaker of the Year
HARARE – Controversial businessman Munyaradzi Kereke has been overwhelmingly voted the Daily News Noisemaker of the Year after picking up fights with virtually everyone from the media, politicians and state security
His “everyone is wrong except me” attitude, made him the clearest winner in the Noisemaker of the Year award which is given to the individual who would have made the most worthless noise in the country.
Starting with his dismissal from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) where he had “crafted a powerful image” in all matters of economic significance where he was advisor to governor Gideon Gono, he turned into a biblical Judas of some sort.
The Zimpapers board member and aspiring senator for Bikita, accused his former boss of corruption, among other dealings, collaborated with state security bosses (the military also falls under state security apparatus) to steal millions of state funds.
Kereke claimed that Gono was corruptly involved with Finance minister Tendai Biti, the Anti-Corruption Commission, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Health minister Henry Madzorera, the judiciary, RBZ officials and senior government officials.
Kereke also viciously fought journalists from different media houses, issuing various forms of threats and accusations.
Kereke accused Gono of sending RBZ security officers to kill him and his driver who later made a dramatic entrance into the court in a wheel chair.
The case was thrown out after it turned out that the medical report produced in court was fraudulent.
He also sensationally claimed his wife and child had been kidnapped, a fact which was dismissed by the police as a hoax.
This year, the Daily News also managed to report in detail Kereke’s night of rage a few years ago when he went on a rampage in Masvingo, firing shots in a room where his girlfriend was hiding.
He was later charged and appeared in a “night court” where he pleaded guilty. He was fined.
It was also in 2012 that the Daily News revealed that police commissioner general Augustine Chihuri had written a warning note to Gono advising him that Kereke was a dangerous man who could do anything when drunk and in possession of a firearm.
But Gono did not take Chihuri’s advice.
In the media fraternity, Kereke in 2012, threatened everyone who dared write stories about him, caused the arrests of journalists and emergedas one of the biggest enemies of the media.
It was also in 2012 when Kereke’s damaging accusations of raping an 11-year-old resurfaced with the victim’s lawyer, Charles Warara launching a spirited attempt to have Kereke charged but the Attorney General has not done so yet.
Even Chihuri in his affidavit to the courts said police had done their job and they had handed over the case to the Attorney General.
After threatening everyone, Kereke seems untouchable and reportedly boasts of his “big” connections in Zanu PF and security forces.
For this, the Daily News Editorial Council and readers think Kereke made the craziest noise in 2012. – Staff Writer