chitungwiza town council.jpgAnother senior official in the Chitungwiza Town Council has been arrested as the Anti-Corruption Commission widens its net in clamping down corruption in the town.

Jemina Gumbo who is the Director of Housing within the Chitungwiza Town Council was picked up this Tuesday over allegations of corruption involving the issuance of stands.

It is believed that Gumbo was allocating stands without following procedures and is likely to face 40 counts of corruption.

Meanwhile, Chitungwiza Town Clerk Godfrey Tanyanyiwa who is facing corruption and fraud charges involving more than US$700 000 has been further remanded in custody pending bail application ruling this week.

The State called on the investigating officer in the Anti-Corruption Commission, Mr. Serviours Kufandada who opposed bail saying the accused is interfering with witnesses.

Mr. Kufandada told the court that by the time of his arrest, Tanyanyiwa was doctoring and amending files which contained information that implicated him.

The investigating officer further indicated that the accused was in 2010 assaulted by angry rate payers’.

The information was found in exclusive minutes of a meeting by Chitungwiza Municipality.

The State represented by Mr. Oliver Marwa indicated chances for the accused to abscond are high considering that he is facing serious charges and if convicted may face up to 35 years in prison.

Tanyanyiwa is facing 50 counts of corruption and eight counts of fraud.

Corruption charges against Tanyanyiwa arose in 2007 when he was still the District Administrator for Chitungwiza and is alleged to have acquired and approved three commercial stands in Zengeza Industrial Area on a single day.

It is further alleged that Tanyanyiwa was in 2011 involved in an accident with his official vehicle, a land cruiser V8 and he is understood to have diverted US$170 000 council funds which was meant to buy pool vehicles to buy another land cruiser V8.

It is further alleged that Tanyanyiwa authorised some of his friends at Chitungwiza council to get cash amounting to US$377 253. Each individual received money ranging between US$10 000 and US$13 000.

Fraud charges against the town clerk arose after he purchased a house for himself using council funds. He is alleged to have misrepresented to the bank that he wanted to withdraw cash from the municipal account to develop stands, yet in fact he wanted to buy his house in Chisipite.

Tanyanyiwa is further alleged to have sent his emissary from an estate agency to Chitungwiza Municipality and claimed cash which was said to be for developing stands yet he is said to have known that the money was going towards payment of his Chisipite house.