Former Bulawayo mayor and Njube-Lobengula Constituency MP, Gift Banda, has been arrested, The Chronicle reports. Banda was arrested on charges of corruption involving a land sale deal worth $60 000 according to the publication.
Banda is accused of conniving with a real estate agent to forge signatures that led to the sale of a residential stand in Selbourne Brooke in Bulawayo.
It is the state’s case that:
On February 2, 2015, the complainant (Ndlovu) bought a residential stand in Selbourne Brooke Bulawayo. He then signed a memorandum of agreement sale with Bulawayo Gloss and Allied products. Sometime in 2017, on a date unknown to the prosecutor, Gift Banda approached the complainant and offered to buy the stand and the agreement was that Banda would pay for a bigger stand on behalf of the complainant in Paddonhurst suburb
On July 21, 2017, the complainant sent a message to Banda advising him of his intention to cancel the agreement. After the cancellation had been communicated, Banda went on to transfer US$2 000 into the complainant’s Steward Bank account and started doing some construction work on the stand.
On realising that Banda was defiant, the complainant through his lawyer wrote Banda a letter instructing him to cease the construction but he defied. The complainant through his lawyers made an application to the High Court declaring the sale null and void since it was against City of Bulawayo regulations which barred sale of an undeveloped stand by an individual
Banda has been remanded out of custody till 20 February for the commencement of trial.
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