Harare Mayor Herbert Gomba has been arrested on allegations involving land scams and abuse of office as a public officer.
Mayor Herbert Gomba is accused of being in the illegal creation and sale of stands, with irregularities in the approval of plans and altering plans.
He is among top council officials arrested over the past few weeks in connection with a land scam that has so far led to the arrest of acting human resources director Retired Major Matthew Marara and principal housing director Edgar Dzehonye who are accused of prejudicing council US$1 million in the Kuwadzana stands deal.
The housing director Addmore Nhekairo was also arrested for signing offer letters to undeserving people.
The Land Scam Scandal:
Gomba was allegedly involved in the illegal creation and sale of stands, with irregularities in the approval of plans and production of fraudulent layout plans prejudicing the Harare City Council of thousands of dollars.
His subordinates in the council who include Edgar Dzehonye, a senior officer in the housing department, have already appeared in court, to answer to charges of criminal abuse of office.
Dzehonye was remanded in custody to August 17.
Meanwhile, co-accused Harare City Council’s director housing and community services Addmore Nhekairo and director of human and capital resources Matthew Marara were denied bail on Monday.
Apart from the US$1 million stands scam, Marara and acting chief clerical officer Aaron Tayerera are facing another separate charge of fraudulently selling council land in Strathaven for US$20 900 to an unsuspecting land seeker and pocketing the money.
Nhekairo also allegedly allocated residential stands in Westlea to police officers and a prosecutor, who have since been arrested and charged.
The police officers are deputy director for the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) commercial crimes unit Assistant Commissioner Obeylaw Moyo, and two junior police officers who have been arrested and dragged before the court to account for bribery charges.
Chief public prosecutor Clement Chimbare was arrested and also appeared in court facing the same charges.
It is the State’s case that Moyo, Chimbare and the three junior police officers were allegedly bribed for not arresting or charging suspected kingpins in the scam by being allocated stands in the new middle-income Harare suburb of Westlea using waiting list numbers already given to others.