Jailed Former Governor Faces Fresh Corruption Charges

Jailed former Midlands Province Governor Jason Machaya has appeared in court on fresh charges of criminal abuse of office.

Machaya is serving a 4-year prison sentence after he was together with former Midlands Provincial Physical Planner, Chisayinyerwa Chibururu, convicted of abuse of office involving the sale of State land in Gokwe.

Machaya was accused of:

  1. Allocating 192 stands to the Apostolic Christian Church of Zimbabwe (ACCZ) when he did not have the authority to do so.
  2. Allocating 17 799 residential and commercial stands to land developers. The developers in turn gave Machaya 1 791 stands and he sold 1 185.

Machaya’s co-accused Chibururu was also sentenced to 4 years in jail.

The jailed former governor is now facing fresh allegations which also involve unlawful allocation of state land. He is being charged together with former Midlands Provincial Coordinator Cecelia Chitiyo and five other government officials.

Prosecutor Mirirai Shumba told the court that during the period Machaya was the Minister of State for the province he allegedly connived with six other government officials to unlawfully allocate state land in Gokwe.

The other five accomplices are Matilda Manhambo, Shepard Marweyi, Sifelani Moyo, Ethel Mlalazi and Everest Nyamadzawo.

Machaya and his accomplices will be back in court on the 14th of this May.

More: Pindula News; ZBC News

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