Harare City Council Mayor Jacob Mafume Facing New Charges:
On Monday police arrested Harare City Council Mayor Jacob Mafume at Strathaven Shopping Centre on allegations that he was trying to bribe a witness.
Jacob Mafume who was granted ZWL$30,000 bail on 8 December by the High Court in a case he is being accused of criminal abuse of office over the allocation of residential stands.
His bail had conditions and one of the bail conditions set by the high court was that Mafume does not interfere with state witnesses.
Mafume told Zim Morning Post, that after he greeted a person he knows who was seated in a vehicle, members of the President Mnangagwa’s Special Anti-Corruption Unit (SACU) pounced on him.
“As I went towards her, I was approached by officials from SACU. They searched me and found US$65 in my pocket,” he said.
The person he greeted is reported to be the key witness in his corruption case.
However, the MDC Alliance said on their Twitter account that the Mayor denies the charge brought against him.
It is alleged he interfered with a witness. He denies this. After his remand hearing, he went to Strathaven Shopping Centre where he was greeted by a woman he knows. He greeted her back then plainclothes police arrested him. Nobody was bribed as suggested by @nickmangwana. https://t.co/t8XUubmpM5
— MDC Alliance (@mdczimbabwe) December 14, 2020
On 25 November Jacob Mafume was arrested by the ZRP on corruption allegations and criminal abuse of office.
It is the state’s case that Mafume did not follow proper procedure when he allocated residential stands to his sister Rotina Mafume and secretary Rutendo Muvuti.
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