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By Showbiz Reporter
ONE of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s most vocal praise-singers, Kennedy Sanyanga is up for rape.
Sanyanga is famous for singing the song ED-Pfee popularised by the ruling party’s supporters at rallies in the run-up to last year’s elections and turned into their party anthem since then despite the President at some point arguing he did not like to be praised in that manner.
Known by his stage name Chief Shumba in the music industry, Sanyanga stands accused of raping a house maid who works at a Waterfalls home where he receives spiritual healing.
He appeared before Harare Magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa on Wednesday who ruled he should seek bail at the High Court.
It is the State’s case that the crime came to light when the maid’s employer went through her diary in which she had written about the incident.
Sanyanga is denying the allegations.
Prosecutors allege that on July 30, 2019 at around 1pm, Sanyanga asked the complainant to assist him carry his luggage from the house where he was receiving spiritual healing to his house and she agreed.
When they arrived at Sanyanga’s Flat, the complainant stood outside the door but he invited her inside an offer she turned down.
It is alleged that Sanyanga begged the girl to enter the apartment as he wanted to give her
oranges as a token of appreciation for her assistance.
The State alleges that Sanyanga dragged the complainant inside the apartment while threatening her with violence. He allegedly locked the door and put the keys inside his pockets, undressed the complainant and raped her once.
“The accused lifted the complainant and pinned her to the bed while pulling her pant aside before he raped her once without using protection,” said the State.
After the rape, it is alleged that Sanyanga warned the complainant against reporting the matter.
Fearing for her safety the maid kept the incident a secret but logged it in her diary.
The complainant’s employer after going through the diary then lodged a report with the police leading to Sanyanga’s arrest. Sanyanga will be back in court on September 10.