The trial of former cabinet minister Savior Kasukuwere who is facing four counts of alleged criminal abuse of office during his tenure as Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment and when he was minister responsible for local government, public works and national housing has been postponed to the 17th of January next year.

Harare magistrate Mr Hoseah Mujaya deferred proceedings at the instance of both the state and defence counsels who informed the court that the High Court ruling on Kasukuwere’s application for exceptions to the charges was yet to be delivered.

State counsel Zivanai Macharaga notified the court that High Court judge Justice Wamambo had reserved his ruling over Kasukuwere’s application for exception to the charges and he had indicated that the ruling was not yet ready.

Kasukuwere faces charges of criminal abuse allegedly emanating from his reign over the youth ministry where he is accused of having flouted tender procedures by awarding Brainworks Capital, a company owned by George Manyere, a contract to do brockering services and finance advisory to the government on the indigenisation programme.

In his application for exception to this particular count Kasukuwere argues that as a minister he could not legally act as the accounting officer therefore he did not breach the Procurement Act as suggested by the state, adding that the Permanent Secretary as the accounting officer should be the one held to account for any breach of the procurement regulations.

On the counts of allegedly parcelling out land unprocedurally he argues that as the minister for local government, public works and national housing, he was legally empowered to allocate land and did not commit a crime in the process of carrying out his constitutional mandate.

Advocate Thembinkosi Magwabaliba who is under the instructions of Charles Chinyama said the court had postponed the matter to the 17th of January.

Kasukuwere notified the court of his intention to travel outside the country for medical reasons early next year and the application will be heard on the third of January.