Tanyanyiwa trial postponed

HARARE - The trial of former Chitungwiza town clerk Godfrey Tanyanyiwa, who is accused of swindling the local authority of large sums of money, has been deferred to December 12.

Tanyanyiwa’s trial failed to proceed yesterday because the presiding magistrate was attending a workshop.
Tanyanyiwa, 43, is facing eight counts of fraud, one count of corruptly concealing from principal a personal interest in a transaction and 52 counts of criminal abuse of duty as a public officer.

He denies all the counts claiming he is a victim of a “political battle”. The former town clerk was put to his defence following the dismissal of his application for discharge at the close of the state’s case by regional magistrate Hosea Mujaya on October 2.

Delivering the ruling on behalf of Mujaya, magistrate Themba Kuwanda did not give reasons for the dismissal of the application but said the reasons were going to follow in the main judgment.

Prosecutors allege Tanyanyiwa used council funds to settle a house debt in September 2010.

Tanyanyiwa allegedly secured a house to purchase through an estate agent called Floburg Real Estate, yet he knew he did not have the money to buy the said house.

He misrepresented to Kingdom Bank that Chitungwiza Municipality had authorised the transfer of $80 000 into Floburg Real Estate’s bank account, which was purportedly meant for the servicing of Nyatsime stands in Chitungwiza, the court heard.

It is alleged Tanyanyiwa settled the full purchase price using Chitungwiza Municipality funds.

The former town clerk is also accused of corruptly acquiring three commercial stands in Zengeza industrial area using names of three different shelf companies, before diverting funds.

He allegedly bought a Toyota Landcruiser V 8 for $170 000, without going to tender and without a council resolution. Chitungwiza town council was prejudiced of $718 753 and $162 960 was recovered, according to state papers. allege Tanyanyiwa used council funds to settle a house debt in September 2010.

Tanyanyiwa allegedly secured a house to purchase through an estate agent called Floburg Real Estate, yet he knew he did not have the money to buy the said house.

He misrepresented to Kingdom Bank that Chitungwiza Municipality had authorised the transfer of $80 000 into Floburg Real Estate’s bank account, which was purportedly meant for the servicing of Nyatsime stands in Chitungwiza, the court heard.

It is alleged Tanyanyiwa settled the full purchase price using Chitungwiza Municipality funds.

The former town clerk is also accused of corruptly acquiring three commercial stands in Zengeza industrial area using names of three different shelf companies, before diverting funds.

He allegedly bought a Toyota Landcruiser V 8 for $170 000, without going to tender and without a council resolution.

Chitungwiza town council was prejudiced of $718 753 and $162 960 was recovered, according to state papers. - Tendai Kamhungira

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