Khupe ’spokesperson, Phugeni acquitted of rape

MDC-T Information and Publicity Secretary Khaliphani Phugeni (left) pictured alongside journalist Zenzele Ndebele

MDC-T acting national spokesperson Khaliphani Phugeni, who doubles as interim party president Thokozani Khupe’s press secretary, has been acquitted of rape, the Zimbabwe Independent reports.

Phugeni (44) appeared before Western Commonage regional magistrate Sibongile Marondedze last month charged with contravening section 65 of the Criminal Law, Codification and Reform) Act (Chapter 9:23).

Prosecutors said Phugeni unlawfully had sexual intercourse with a woman, who could not be named for ethical reasons, during the period extending from June to November 2018, at Emhlangeni and in Magwegwe West, Bulawayo.

Phugeni denied the charge, saying the accusations were politically-motivated and meant to “politically soil” his image after he was nominated for Senate.

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