Ex-Mutare town clerk faces graft charges

MUTARE - Former Mutare town clerk Obert Muzavazi has been arraigned before the courts on corruption allegations, a month after his resignation in the face of a damning government audit.

Muzavazi of 2 Shangani Drive, Murambi West was yesterday arraigned before magistrate Sekai Chiundura facing six counts of criminal abuse of office.

He was not asked to plead to the charges before being freed on $400 bail.

He will be back in court on April 21.

As part of his bail conditions, Muzavazi was ordered to surrender his passport and report to the police every fortnight.

He was also ordered not to interfere with State witnesses.

All the corruption charges relate to alleged illegal sale of residential stands.

It is the State’s case that Muzavazi sold stand number 26357 area 3 Dangamvura, Mutare to Nyarai Faith Matabhini on April 16, 2014.

She paid $1 000 leaving a balance of

$3 050.

She was issued an offer letter on the same date.

According to State papers, Muzavazi flouted council procedures when he re-possessed the residential stand and sold it to Prince Bumhira on September 8, last year, whom he also issued with an offer letter.

The former town clerk faces a further five corruption charges for selling stand numbers 11940, 11890, 11982, 11889 and 11891 to various home seekers without advertising them as required by Section 152 (1)(2)(a) of the Urban Councils Act Chapter 29:15.

Fletcher Karombe was prosecuting.

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