Muchechetere trial date set

HARARE - A date has been set for the trial of  the suspended Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) group chief executive officer, Happison Muchechetere, who is accused of swindling the national broadcaster of $800 000.

The trial date was finally set for June 24 after Johannes Tomana’s office had perused and given the final authority to prosecute.

Muchechetere, who is represented by Keith Kachambwa and Sylvester Hashiti, is currently out of custody on $3 000 bail.

The former ZBC boss is also facing charges of criminal abuse of duty as a public officer and contravening the Procurement Act.

Allegations against Muchechetere arose in January last year when he entered into a procurement deal with a Chinese company to purchase an audio outside broadcasting van (OB van) for $1 050 000.

He allegedly entered into the agreement without going to tender.

According to State papers, he prejudiced the national broadcaster of $800 000.

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