Two Harare councillors acquitted

Two Harare Town councillors, Warship Dumba of Ward 17 Mt Pleasant and Casper Takura of 20 Tafara were today acquitted at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts. They were facing false charges of defrauding Harare Town council.


The two councillors were arrested this month and their trial was supposed to kick off today but the magistrate threw out the case saying the two had no case to answer.

They were arrested on the instructions of the Minister of Local Government, Ignatius Chombo. Before their arrests, the two councillors had laid charges at the Harare Central Police Station of illegal acquisition of council land by Chombo and Zanu PF’s Phillip Chiyangwa.

Meanwhile, four Harare City councillors, Paul Gorekore of 3 Mbare, Johnson Zaranyika, Ward 39, Dzivaresekwa, Maxwell Katsande, Ward 26, Highfield and Silas Machetu, Ward 25, Highfield will on Thursday challenge their dismissal as councillors at the High Court.

The four were fired by Chombo last year on trumped up charges of abusing public funds.

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