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BINGA North legislator Prince Dubeko Sibanda (MDC-T), who is accused of drugging and raping a 17-year-old teenager, appeared in court Wednesday charged with a count of rape.

Sibanda, 40, of Mkhosana Township was not asked to plead to the charge when he appeared before magistrate Sharon Rosemani who remanded him in custody to Thursday for bail ruling.

State counsel Takunda Ndovorwi invited an investigating officer Elizabeth Zhou who said Sibanda had offered the girl’s parents $4,000 for them not to report the crime.

“We are opposed to bail because the accused might interfere with witnesses as he is a friend to the girl’s father who he approached and offered $4,000 so that the case would not be reported to the police,” she said, adding that investigators feared Sibanda could influence the girl to withdraw the case.

The defence lawyer argued that denying his client bail would be violating his constitutional right to liberty.

The legislator is accused of lacing a drink with an unknown drug which rendered the teenager, who was doing Form Four last year, weak and dizzy after consuming it in his car.

He allegedly had sexual intercourse with the teenager in the car along Kazungula Road outside Victoria Falls Town sometime last year, investigators say.

The MDC-T MP handed himself to the police on Monday accompanied by his lawyer Mivhiringi.

Prosecutor Takunda Ndovorwi told how Sibanda picked the girl in his vehicle on the pretext he would take her home but drove along Kazungula Road and offered her a drink, which she consumed but became weak and dizzy.

The State alleges that Sibanda raped the girl once in the vehicle.

However, prosecutors are yet to produce medical results to prove claims of a sexually transmitted disease infection.

Source : New Zimbabwe

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