Abuse of of­fice sees MDC-T coun­cil­lor ar­rested

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wynne Zanamwe Mid­lands Re­porter

A GWERU coun­cil­lor who was sus­pended for cor­rup­tion last year, has been ar­rested for abuse of public of­fice.

Ernest Guduza (57) who re­sides at Mkoba 14 in Gweru ap­peared be­fore Gweru Mag­is­trate Ms Mil­dred Matuvi fac­ing one count of theft of trust prop­erty and an­other of crim­i­nal abuse of duty.

Ms Matuvi did not ask Guduza to plead and re­manded him out of cus­tody on $50 bail to Oc­to­ber 12.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Pea­son Muringani told the court that from De­cem­ber 2013 to Au­gust 2014 in Mkoba 14 Sub­urb, Gweru, Guduza let out a coun­cil club house to a res­i­dent be­fore re­ceiv­ing $720. He al­legedly stole $377 from the amount.

The court heard that in June last year, in the same sub­urb, Guduza re­ceived $100 from an­other res­i­dent as rental fees for the club house. He al­legedly con­verted the money to his own use.

Lo­cal Govern­ment, Public Works and Na­tional Hous­ing Min­is­ter Cde Saviour Ka­sukuwere sus­pended Guduza to­gether with 13 other coun­cil­lors in­clud­ing Gweru Mayor Ha­mu­tendi Kom­bayi and his deputy Artwell Many­orauta on al­le­ga­tions of gross mis­con­duct, in­com­pe­tence and mis­man­age­ment of coun­cil funds and af­fairs, in Au­gust last year. e High Court or­dered the min­is­ter to re­in­state the coun­cil­lors and the case is still in the courts.— @wyn­nezane.

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