Popular Masvingo musician and Hevoi FM radio personality Emmanuel Turukai Chibi (44), better known as Uncle Jaunda, was on Friday, September 21, acquitted of rape.
The Gwendo gweGweru hit-maker cum Hevoi FM radio presenter and talk show host made news headlines in February when he was arrested and taken to court.
He was facing charges of raping Vongai Jaunda (22), a close relative living in Mudzamba village in Chief Zimuto as defined in Section 65(1) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform Act) Chapter 9:23.
It was the State’s case that on a date unknown but in the month of September 2016 at around 13:00 hrs, Uncle Jaunda raped Vongai who happens to be his brother`s daughter.
The State also alleged that on a date unknown but in January 2017 in the afternoon, Uncle Jaunda again raped Vongai.
Uncle Jaunda, who was represented by Charles Ndlovu of Ndlovu and Hwacha, denied the charges.
The court had refused to put him on remand and on passing judgement, magistrate Dambudzo Malunga noted lack of evidence and that the report was not timeously made among other reasons.
Liberty Hove stood for the State.