Chipinge Town secretary pays $20 000 bail on water pipes scam

Ellen Mlambo
Chipinge Times Editor

Chipinge – Chipinge Town Secretary, Susan Dube has paid $20 000 bail after appearing in court today on a criminal abuse of duty charge involving the alleged use of US$639 worth of council PVC pipes on her plot.

Dube is jointly charged with Jeffrey Mwakachieyi who is Chipinge Town Council Water and Waste Superintendent.

This is the second time that Dube appears in court this week. On Monday she paid $20 000 bail on another case in which she is accused of selling a 1 000 square metre residential stand on discount to an undeserving client.

Dube and Mwakachieyi were arrested yesterday and they spent the night in the cooler before being brought to court by CID officers from the Anti-Corruption Commission this afternoon.

She is being represented by Langton Mhungu of Mhungu and Associates.

The State which is being represented by Timothy Katsande says on December 23, 2020 Dube applied for her Plot Number 1 Kenliworth Farm to be connected to the council water system. The plot is along Prison Farm Road some 8km from Chipinge Town.

The application was approved by council but on condition that Dube buys her own water connecting material and that she pays council for the labour.

However, Dube who allegedly acted in cohorts with Mwakachieyi unlawfully took 71 x 32mm PVC pipes valued at US$639 from Chipinge Town Council Central Stores and laid them from Chipinge Farm Prison to her farm. The water line stretches for almost a kilometer.

The offense was discovered after a tipoff said the State outline.

Magistrate Poterai Gwezhira ordered Dube to report to Police twice a week, to stay at her given address and not to interfere with State witnesses. She is not allowed to visit her workplace and is remanded to March 29, 2021.

Meanwhile Mwakachieyi is facing a second count involving criminal abuse of duty in that Stephen Gavhumendi also applied to have his farm connected to the council water system and this was approved by council on condition that he buys his own connection material and pays for labour.

However, Mwakachieyi allegedly ‘unlawfully and corruptly’ collected 34x6x25mm PVC pipes, 2×32/25mm reducer, 2x20mm ball valves (brass), 1 x15 mm pipes and 1x500ml solvent cement from Chipinge Town Council Stores and used the material on the line.

Mwakachieyi was ordered to pay $20 000 bail and to remanded to March 29, 2021.

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