Prince Dubeko Sibanda is a Zimbabwean politician from the MDC Alliance party. He was elected into parliament in July 2013 to represent Binga North Constituency and he was reelected in the July 2018 elections

Prince Dubeko Sibanda
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Nationality Zimbabwean
Citizenship Zimbabwe
Occupation Politician
Known for Being a Member of Palriament
Political party MDC Alliance

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Background

Prince Dubeko Sibanda was born on 10 February 1972 in Binga. He worked for ZRP for 12 years and attained the rank of Inspector. He studied Law with the University of South Africa [1]

Political career

In 2006 he joined the MDC-T and was elected secretary for Hwange West district. In 2007, he contested the party primary elections for the post of MP, but lost to former MP Patrick Sibanda. He went back to Victoria Falls and served as a councillor for Ward 11 (Mkhosana) for five years, from 2008 to 2013.

He served as provincial secretary for the welfare, treasury and logistics committee for Matabeleland North and he was elected legislator for Binga North constituency during the July 31 2017 harmonised elections.

He contested in the 2018 elections and won becoming Member of Parliament for Binga North.

Rape Allegations

He was accused of drugging and raping a 17-year-old schoolgirl and to have offered the teenager’s father $4,000 to cover up the crime.[2] He was found not guilty and acquitted. Hwange regional magistrate, Dambudzo Malunga, said the State had failed to prove a rape case against Sibanda and cleared him of the crime. The magistrate said the complainant, who was 17-years-old when the alleged rape occurred in November 2013, was not a credible witness as she kept changing stories during the trial. The court also expressed concern about the period the victim took to report the alleged rape, which only came to light after her family discovered she had a sexually transmitted infection (STI). The court also established that the girl was given and accepted $20 after the alleged rape, while the State led by Tawanda Sigauke couldn’t prove any drugging.[3]


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References

  1. Sibanda — for the love of Binga - NewsDay Zimbabwe, NewsDay Zimbabwe, retrieved: 1 Aug 2018
  2. Drug rape MP ‘offered girl’s father $4,000’ | The Chronicle, retrieved: 1 Aug 2018
  3. MP beats rape rap | The Chronicle, retrieved: 1 Aug 2018