Date set for Tanyanyiwa's ruling

HARARE - Former Chitungwiza town clerk Godfrey Tanyanyiwa shall learn his fate on September 5 in a case in which he is facing 52 counts of criminal abuse of duty as a public officer.

Magistrate Hosea Mujaya said that he would hand Tanyanyiwa’s verdict next Thursday after the defence closed its case.

According to prosecutor Oliver Marwa, Tanyanyiwa is facing 52 counts of criminal abuse of duty as a public officer after he allegedly swindled the council of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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

He allegedly 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 V8 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.

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

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