Suspended HCC town clerk freed on bail

By ZBC Reporter
Suspended Harare City Council town clerk Hosiah Chisango, director of housing and community services Addmore Nhekairo and suspended town planner, Samuel Nyabezi, have been freed on $50 000 bail.
In her ruling today, Harare magistrate Mrs Bianca Makwande ordered Chisango not to visit the Town House until October 5 to allow the finalisation of investigations.
Nhekairo and Nyabezi were ordered to continue following bail conditions imposed on other cases involving illegal sale of stands, which are pending before the court.
Chisango, Nhekairo and Nyabezi are being charged with criminal abuse of office, bribery and fraud.
Prosecutor Mr Michael Reza had opposed bail for the trio.
Chisango was arrested in connection with the unravelling of alleged illegal land deals that have rocked the city.
Chisango was arrested in Gweru where he was attending a town clerks’ forum, just two days after he sent the formal letter suspending director of works Zvenyika Chawatama without pay on allegations of potential disciplinary offences.
It is understood that Chisango is being accused, along with the suspended director of housing and community services, Nhekairo, who is already on remand after being implicated in the illegal creation and allocation of stands on an open space in Kuwadzana 3 in July last year without going through the legal process of changing land use.
Former mayor Herbert Gomba and other top officials, Edgar Dzehonye, Mathew Marara, Rudo Chigocha, Believer Mpawaenda and Margeth Geroge, have also been arrested over land deals.