Gomba appears in court

By Fungai Jachi

Former Harare mayor Herbert Gomba has appeared in court facing charges of perjury and violating the Electoral Act.

Gomba is facing charges of perjury and violating the Electoral Act after he allegedly provided false information to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) during the voter registration exercise in 2017.

It is alleged that Gomba registered 22 voters with his address and also registered as a voter using his parents’ Glen Norah address.

The court heard that the accused fraudulently registered the 22 people who were not from Ward 27 for his benefit since he was contesting for a municipal sit in that ward.

It is alleged that Gomba’s actions resulted in the fraudulent registration of the 22 people with the intention of manipulating the electoral process in the 2018 local authority elections.

The State opposed the granting of bail, arguing that he is likely to abscond since he has other serious matters before the courts.

However, Gomba through his lawyer argued that he has proved that he can be trusted with his freedom since he has been religiously attending court sessions for other matters.

The presiding magistrate, Stanford Mambanje remanded him in custody to this Thursday for bail ruling.

Meanwhile, the trial of former Zimbabwe Republic Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri failed to take off for the 4th time after an interested party in the case filed for inclusion in the court proceedings.

Chihuri is being accused of allegedly diverting more than US$32 million in public funds into his business.

He also accused of selling property that had been put under the Asset management Unit pending finalisation of his case for criminal abuse of office emanating from his alleged fraudulent acquisition of the properties.

However, a buyer of one of Chihuri’s properties, Erinah Muchingambi, has since filed for inclusion in the court proceedings.

The Court heard that Muchingambi bought property worth US$365 000 from Chihuri.

In his ruling, High Court Judge Justice Pisirai Kwenda deferred the matter to the 24th of this month for Muchingambi to file her own heads of arguments.