Mugabe Sucked Into Opaque Land Deals By Former Minister

Former Midlands Provincial Affairs minister, Jason Machaya, has denied wrongdoing over the questionable allocation of stands when he was still in office.

Machaya is facing charges of criminal abuse of office for unlawfully parcelling out land in the Midlands Province.

He argues that he was arrested for doing duties assigned to him by former President Robert Mugabe. Machaya argued:

When I was appointed Governor and Resident Minister, I found a national housing project in place. I simply took over what the late governor Cephas Msipa was doing.

Further, the President (Mugabe then) also gave me directives on how I was to do my work. In respect to the charges for which I was/am to be tried, President RG Mugabe specifically directed me to do my work as I did.

Further, I wrote detailed monthly reports in respect of all the works I am being tried for, to the President. I also reported my work to the President and Cabinet.

The President and Cabinet guided my work and approved everything that I did, especially issues to do with things that are in the charges.

The President who authorised me to do what I did is no longer in office. The State has not interviewed him or recorded a statement from him concerning my activities.

I challenge them to do so. My conduct was only adjudged unlawful in about January 2018 after the removal of President RG Mugabe, yet he authorised my work.

Is there a law for one government and another law for another government? How was I supposed to know that what I was doing was criminal when what I was doing was being directed and authorised?

Machaya made the remarks in his founding affidavit in his application to the High Court where he is seeking a review of his trial proceedings following the dismissal of his application for permanent stay of prosecution.


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Jason Machaya is Zimbabwean Politician, member of Zanu-PF Political party. Machaya is former Minister of State for Midlands Province. Read More About Jason Machaya

Midlands Province is one of the ten provinces in Zimbabwe. It has an area of 49,166 square kilometres (18,983 sq mi) and a population of 1,614,941 according to the 2012 census.It is home to various peoples. The province also has a blend of Shona, Ndebele,... Read More About Midlands Province

Robert Mugabe is the former President of Zimbabwe. He was the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe from 1987 to November 2017. Prior to this, he was the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe since the attainment of independence in 1980. Mugabe resigned from his presidency on... Read More About Robert Mugabe

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