Tsholotsho Rural District Council acting chief executive officer, Nkululeko Sibanda, has appeared before Tsholotsho magistrate over criminal abuse of office, corruption and fraud allegations.
The State alleges that Sibanda corruptly reduced the initial hunting bidding price in favour of Matupula Hunters thereby prejudicing the local authority of a total of US$4 179 900.
Sibanda is also alleged to have unlawfully and intentionally tendered the Tsholotsho North hunting concession without seeking the necessary Cabinet authority.
The bid for the hunting concession had attracted four bidders with Matupula Hunters wining the bid on 16 April as they had the highest bid.
Another bidder, Lodzi Hunters, however, challenged the tender process to the Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ).
Lodzi Hunters alleged that the process had gross irregularities leading to PRAZ embarking on a review process which exposed the alleged criminal offences resulting in Sibanda’s arrest.
The magistrate did not ask Sibanda to plead to the charges but remanded him out of custody to 15 October on $400 bail.
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