Chipinge Town Secretary arrested

Ellen Mlambo
Chipinge Times Editor

Chipinge – Chipinge Town secretary Susan Dube was arrested this morning and is currently at the local Magistrates’ court where she is facing a charge of criminal abuse of office after she allegedly offered a 1 000 square metre stand to a trainee.

The trainee, according to papers in the hands of Chipinge Times did not qualify for the scheme which is reserved for permanent staff members who pay only 40% of market prices.

The matter is being handled by CID from the Anticorruption Commission and the case was unraveled by an audit resulting in a report to the Police.

Timothy Katsande is prosecuting and the Magistrate is Poterai Gwezhira. Dube is at the courts with her husband waiting to get a remand date. It is the State case that Dube employed Janson Mhlanga on October 31, 2018 on a graduate trainee planner contract. Meanwhile Chipinge Town Council has a staff quota benefit scheme which is enjoyed by permanent employees. They get a stand at 40% of the market value.

On January 8, 2020, Mhlanga applied for and got stand number 4767 St Kelvin Chipinge measuring 1 000 square metres. The State alleges that the accused’s actions are contrary to or inconsistent with her duties as a public officer.

Dube is being represented by Langton Mhungu of Mhungu and associates.

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