Harare City Council workers denied bail

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FOUR City of Harare employees who are facing allegations of fraudulently selling council land and pocketing over US$1 million have been denied bail.

Principal housing officer Edgar Dzehonye; Tineyi Kureva, Samantha Bobosibunu Maserere, from the water department; and Wellington Tauya — a general worker — who are facing allegations of fraud, or alternatively criminal abuse of office, were remanded in custody to July 22 by regional magistrate Ngoni Nduna who ruled that risk of interference with evidence was high.

The court ruled that preservation of evidence was paramount and them being out of custody and on their jobs meant evidence could be interfered with.

Allegations are that from 2018 to 2019, the four city employees connived with other council officials, including human capital director Matthew Marara, Tapiwa Gona, Believer Mupawaenda, Margaret Sarudzai George and Rudo Chigocha, who are already on remand, to defraud the council.

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