Mutasa RDC boss Bandure acquitted

17 May, 2024 - 00:05 0 Views
Mutasa RDC boss Bandure acquitted Mr Bandure

The ManicaPost

 

Ray Bande
Senior Reporter

MUTASA Rural District Council chief executive, Mr George Bandure is now a free man.

Mr Bandure, who was facing criminal abuse of duty as a public officer charges as defined in Section 174(a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, Chapter 9:23 and alternatively extortion as defined in Section 134 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, Chapter 9:23, was absolved of any criminal conduct by Mutare regional magistrate, Mrs Phathekile Msipa on Wednesday.

Mr Bandure was represented by Mr Victor Chinzamba of Mugadza and Chinzamba and Partners Legal Practitioners.

In her judgment, Mrs Msipa took into consideration that the complainant took too long to report the allegations and lack of corroborating evidence to show that the accused demanded the stand in question as a favour.

Mrs Msipa also considered that the council chairman, who was called by the State to testify during the trial absolved Mr Bandure of any wrongdoing as there was no policy in place that barred him from receiving donations.

She also factored into consideration that Mr Bandure was cleared of any wrongdoing by a board of inquiry and the parent Ministry of Local Government and Public Works.

Mr Bandure said his problems with Charele Investments emanated from the company’s wish to have beneficiaries of residential stands under the Fairview Housing Project under MRDC to be granted occupation of their pieces of land when the land developer had not yet finished construction of roads, sewer and water reticulation systems.

Mr Bandure told the court that the developer was incriminating him because he had refused to grant the certificate of occupancy to beneficiaries before the provisions of basic civic amenities.

Mr Bandure said when this transaction happened there was no law barring him from getting the stand as a gift.

The law barring such conduct came into effect in December 2023.

 

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