ORCHESTRA Mberikwazvo dancer Selemani “Majuice” Mponchi, 33, has asked that the rape charges against him be dismissed when he appeared before Harare regional magistrate, Ignatio Mhene yesterday.
Mponchi was back in court with the complainant’s mother saying the artiste allegedly raped her daughter on their way from a party.
Speaking through his lawyer Arshiel Mugiya, Mponchi argued in court that the 17-year-old girl he is accused of raping is a wayward child who goes against her parents, who drinks beer and sleeps with men, invites men to pick her from home.
State prosecutor, Shepherd Makonde, led evidence from the complainant’s mother.
“I’ve forgotten the date, but she told me that she had gone for a party and she was offered a lift by Majuice who then took her to a certain place in Kuwadzana,” she said.
“When she left for the party, I called her around 6pm and she said she was at the bus stop, and she was facing challenges to get transport.
“She got home around 7-8 pm and when I asked her where she was, she just said she had faced transport problems.
“I tried talking to her advising her that it was bad for a girl child to walk by herself at night, but she appeared drunk and that’s when I decided to leave her alone. The next morning she spoke to a certain man, who is a life coach, and he was the one who texted me and advised me that my daughter had been raped the previous night.”
The mother said her daughter then confirmed the story.
In cross examination, Majuice’s lawyer, Mugiya, asked her whether she believed her daughter when she said she was facing transport challenges.
“I didn’t believe that she had faced challenges because no one can ever face transport challenges for an hour or two,” she said.
After cross examination, Mugiya made an application for discharge, at the close of the State case.
Orchestra Mberikwazvo lead dancer Selemani “Majuice” Mponchi
“With the indulgence of the court, can I make an application for discharge because we believe the evidence, led by the State, is so manifestly unreliable that no court acting reasonably can act on it to convict and there are no essential elements proving the offence of rape.
“The leading case when it comes to rape matters is that of the State vs Nyirenda and when it comes to rape there are certain guidelines that must be followed.
“The report must be made timeously to a person the complainant trusts, the report mustn’t be a result of duress, undue pressure or as a result of the complainant being quizzed, it must be made voluntarily.
“The complainant was expected to have made the revelation to her mother after she was asked where she was. The complainant lied to her mother and gave certain explanations which are on record.
“She is a wayward child who goes against her parents, who drinks beer and sleeps with men, invites men to pick her from home and when she’s confronted she finds an easy way out, which is lying.”
Prosecutor Makonde opposed the application saying that he managed to prove his case beyond reasonable doubt.
Magistrate Mhene remanded the matter to January 27 for ruling.