Harare town clerk, two others freed

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HARARE town clerk Hosiah Chisango and his alleged accomplices, director housing and community services Addmore Nhekairo and acting town planner Samuel Nyabezi, were yesterday freed on $50 000 bail each.

The three are facing allegations of criminal abuse of office, bribery and fraud and were freed by regional magistrate Bianca Makwande who ruled that the State had not proffered compelling reasons to deny them bail.
Chisango was ordered not to set foot at Town House until October 5 and to surrender his passport.
They will be back in court on October 30.
The State alleged that sometime in July last year, Chisango and his accomplices allegedly hatched a plan to allocate residential stands on an open area in Kuwadzana 3.
They allegedly developed a fake plan and no application was made to the Local Government ministry for change of land use as required in terms of the Urban Councils Act.
It is alleged that Chisango then gave 13 provisional allocation letters to Bluffhope Investments managing director Getrude Dumba to facilitate procurement, development and survey of the stands on their behalf.
Chisango reportedly signed the letters which bore the Department of Housing and Community Services letterhead.
He then instructed Dumba to deposit $130 000 being the intrinsic value of the land and a further $100 000 into a corporate bank account registered in the name of GlenRoy Pvt Ltd and another $100 000 into Kennedy Terechire’s bank account as a consideration for the fraudulent allocation of land.
According to the State, Chisango received the “gift” knowing there was a possibility that it was not due to them in terms of any agreement with their principal, the Harare Municipality.
It was further alleged that in September last year, Chisango misrepresented to Bluffhope that Council had land which had been approved for residential stands in Kuwadzana 3.
The court heard that Chisango then made Nyabezi draft a layout knowing that the said allocation plan does not exist.
They allegedly caused Bluffhope to deposit $130 000 into council’s account, prejudicing them and their clients of the amount.

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