MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa has been accused of ra_pe by a Harare woman who claims he jumped out from nowhere ” and committed the abuse against her in her Norton home.

MDC spokesperson Jacob Mafume said the party knew nothing about the alleged ra_pe claims but suggested it was a ploy to discredit Chamisa ahead of the party’s elections.

According to media reports the Harare woman who pressed charges against Chamisa, is the wife of Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) agent Herbert Garikai Nyathi, who is currently on diplomatic service in Canada.

Police were said to have launched an investigation into the claims by 39-year-old Nyaradzo Nyathi.

Nyaradzo, who has been linked to mental ailment, was returning from a jog at around 9.45PM on November 8 last year and had just reached their gate when Chamisa allegedly emerged from nowhere, grabbed her and rap_ed her inside her home in Knowe Phase 2, Norton.

Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Canada, Florence Zano Chideya, ordered Nyaradzo to be returned home after her mental health was questioned.

Nyaradzo had accused her husband of ra_pe, but he escaped arrest because he enjoys diplomatic immunity.

Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi bizarrely insisted he was only capable of commenting “tomorrow”.

“Currently, I am committed somewhere else. Would you mind phoning me tomorrow?” Nyathi repeatedly said when asked to give a ‘yes or no’ answer on whether the popular opposition leader was indeed being accused of rape.

Chamisa is out on a diplomatic offensive in countries his party has kept secret.