Zvishavane Town Secretary almost a year on remand

SYDNEY NCUBE
ZVISHAVANE – Three top Zvishavane Town Council managers including town secretary Tinoda Mukutu who are facing corruption charges are now almost making it a year on remand.
This came after Zvishavane Resident Magistrate Archie Wochiunga remanded Mukutu, Housing Director Nhlanhla Ngwenya and Engineer Dominic Mapwashike to January 17, 2022 after they appeared before him on Friday last week.
The trio was arrested in May 2021 and are on $30 000 bail each.
They are facing charges of criminal abuse of office after allegedly flouting tender procedures and awarding a construction company a tender twice with the latter having not fulfilled the obligations of the first contract.
It is alleged that sometime in 2016 the council entered into a partnership with JM construction company for the servicing of 27 central business district extension stands and the construction had a two-year timeframe but the time lapsed before the work was completed resulting in the termination of the contract.
In 2019 the trio connived and contrary to and inconsistent with their duties, they gave the same construction company the go ahead to continue with the contract without going through a tender process which was unlawful.
They were ordered to reside at their given addresses, not to interfere with witnesses and to report to Zvishavane CID every fortnight with travel documents surrendered.
Lloyd Mavhiza represents the State.

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