Trial of Former Harare Mayor Herbert Gomba in false start

By Peter Chivhima

The trial of former Harare Mayor Herbert Gomba who is accused of criminal abuse of office was off to a false start after the High Court deferred the matter to the 14th of March.

Former Harare Mayor Herbert Gomba, suspended Town Clerk Hosea Chisango and two other senior council officials Stanley Ndemera and Charles Kandemiri were back at the High Court after being indicted by the Harare Magistrate Courts last month.

However, the trial got off to a false start after the accused through their legal representatives indicated they are questioning the validity of the charges based on the sale of Mt Pleasant Golf Course and need time to apply for exception of charges.

It is alleged that in August 2019, Gomba using his position as Harare Mayor unlawfully offered stand number 402 Vainona Township, Harare, for sale to Hardspec Investments.

Gomba allegedly unlawfully instructed council officials who include Stanley Ndemera who was then Harare City Council Acting Finance Director to convene a meeting with representatives of Hardspec Investment.

Further allegations are that Gomba further instructed Ndemera to prepare a report recommending the sale of the stand in question before he convinced the full council meeting to act in his favour.

High Court judge Justice Pisirai Kwenda deferred the matter to the 14th of March.