CHITUNGWIZA Municipality’s housing administrator Alex Mukwewa appeared before the Harare Magistrate Court yesterday accused of improperly allocating a commercial stand to his boss’s daughter.
Mukwewa, 46, was not asked to plead to allegations of criminal abuse of duty when he appeared before magistrate Stanford Mambanje.
Prosecutor Ephraim Zinyandu alleges that on December 6, 2019, the accused, who was the actinghousing director at the time, allocated a commercial stand to Wadzanai Jenje. She is the daughter of Chitungwiza’s acting town clerk, Evangelista Machona.
The matter only came to light last year when detectives received information about corrupt activities in the allocation of stands at the municipality.
When the investigators made inquiries, they discovered that Mukwewa gave Jenje an offer letter to the property without following council procedure as outlined in the Chitungwiza Housing Policy.
The State opposed his admission to bail, with the investigating officer telling the court that there was likelihood that Mukwewa would interfere with witnesses and evidence.
His lawyer, Albert Nyikadzino, argued that Mukwewa is a proper candidate for bail as he is on pre-trial freedom on other allegations. He described the current charges as bent on malice.
Despite the objections by the State, the court granted him $50 000 bail and ordered him not to interfere with witnesses and report once at Norton police station.