Former Masvingo Provincial Affairs Minister Kudakwashe Bhasikiti has been arrested for rape.
Bhasikiti (60), a former ZANU PF Politburo member, is accused of raping a 12-year-old girl at an orphanage that he ran in Mwenezi.
He appeared before Mwenezi magistrate Faina Makumbe facing rape charges.
Police at Mwenezi police station arrested Bhasikiti after they received a tip-off about the alleged rape sometime this year.
Hardlife Machando prosecuted.
Bhasikiti served as Minister of State from 2013 until his expulsion from Government and ZANU PF in December 2014.