The woman who accused MDC president Nelson Chamisa of raping her in November 2018 has reportedly withdrawn her police report.

The accuser’s mother reportedly approached a family friend, Cabinet Secretary Dr Misheck Sibanda and indicated that the woman has mental health problems.

Police have yet to comment on the latest developments, which were first reported by the

The rape accusation has sent shock waves throughout Zimbabwe’s political landscape as it had all ingredients of a sting operation. Observers said the fact that the complainant has a mental problem fitted in perfectly with a sting operation.

“But the damage would already have been done on Chamisa as his name would have been dragged through the mud,” said one political commentator who requested anonymity.

“We would also have seen hitherto unknown and established women’s groups coming out of their shells to call for justice…something they failed to do just a few weeks ago when women were publicly raped by armed soldiers and Zanu PF militia on the streets of Harare and Bulawayo. But for good effect, this accusation would have presented them an opportunity to suddenly find a voice and lambast Chamisa for being a molester while at the same time aspiring for the highest office in the land.”

The MDC Alliance holds an elective congress on May 24, and Chamisa’s opponents both within and outside his party are pulling out all the stops to ensure he does not retain his post. Reports have surfaced of a $6 million war chest which has been laid out for Chamisa’s political demise, at all costs.

Social media has gone into overdrive over the past three days over the rape accusation , and sadly, there have been some casualties caught up in the frenzy.

A namesake of the complainant, Nyaradzo Nyathi, has seen her pictures circulating widely on WhatsApp, with thousands calling her names and all sorts of obscenities.

But sadly, she is not the complainant.

The Nyaradzo Nyathi on social media sites is a nurse in Kadoma who works for the municipality, and is a respected woman in her community.



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