Hre Mayor Jacob Mafume denied bail

Arrested: Harare Mayor Cllr Jacob Mafume in the Harare Magistrare Court on Monday

By Kudakwashe Vhenge

Harare Mayor Cllr Jacob Mafume will spend two weeks in custody after Harare Magistrate Ngoni Nduna denied him bail.

Mafume who is facing charges of criminal abuse of office emanating from his role in the allocation of two residential stands in the Westlea suburb in March of this year without following procedure appeared in court on Monday.

In denying Mafume bail, Magistrite Nduna stated that “if released out on bail Mr Mafume would abscond and will not attend trial.

“Secondly if released on bail, Mafume would interfere with witnesses who are municipal officials or employees and the evidence that are in their custody in terms of the records”.

Mafume is scheduled to appear back in court on the 14th of December this year.

Mafume was arrested on Wednesday last week after he presented himself to the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) before he was handed over to the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Rhodeview police station in Harare.

Jacob Mafume’s arrest comes shortly after the arrest of his predecessor Herbert Gomba under similar circumstances.

Former Mayor Herbert Gomba was arrested in July of this year by ZACC on allegations of criminal abuse of office connected with the sale of stands.

Gomba was allegedly involved in the illegal creation and sale of stands, with irregularities in the approval of plans and production of fraudulent layout plans prejudicing the Harare City Council of thousands of dollars.