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Chitungwiza town clerk as case to answer: court
02/10/2012 00:00:00
by Phyllis Mbanje
 
Case to answer ... Godfrey Tanyanyiwa
 
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A HARARE magistrate has dismissed an application for discharge by former Chitungwiza town clerk Godfrey Tanyanyiwa who faces corruption allegations involving close to US$1 million.

Regional magistrate Hosea Mujaya had put off his ruling on Tanyanyiwa’s bid to have the case dismissed saying he needed time to examine a video recording of one of the transactions at the centre of the graft allegations.

And on Tuesday, the magistrate told Tanyanyiwa that he had a case to answer and should return to court for trial on October 16.

Currently out of custody on US$1000 bail, Tanyanyiwa, 43, faces 52 counts of criminal abuse of office, eight counts of fraud and a single count of corruptly concealing from a principal personal interest in a transaction.

The state claims that knowing he had no money to buy a house, Tanyanyiwa hatched a plan in September 2010 to defraud Chitungwiza Municipality and took US$165,000 from council coffers to buy a house in Chisipite.

He allegedly offered the same house for rental to Chitungwiza Municipality director of urban planning, Conrad Muchesa, without disclosing his personal interest in the house.

The council paid him US$1,300 per month in rentals over five months, suffering a prejudice of US$6,500.

Tanyanyiwa is also accused of corruptly acquiring three commercial stands using different shelf companies as well as prejudicing his employer of $170,000 when he bought himself a Toyota Land Cruiser V8 instead of acquiring three vehicles for the local authority.

In addition, prosecutors charge that on 50 different occasions he corruptly authorised various cash payments amounting to over $330,000 to himself and top council officials.



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