High Court Grants Harare Mayor $10 000 Bail

Harare Mayor Herbert Gomba was on Thursday granted $10 000 bail by the Anti-Corruption Court of the High Court following his arrest on criminal abuse of office charges.

Anti-Corruption Court of the High Court judge Justice Felistus Chitakunye, however, banned Gomba from setting foot at Town House and interfering with State witnesses.

Gomba, through his lawyer Lovemore Madhuku, had appealed against a decision by Harare regional magistrate Bianca Makwande to deny him bail.

Makwande had ruled that there was high risk Gomba would interfere with evidence if released on bail.

He was also instructed to report at Glen Norah Police Station every Friday and surrender his passport.

Gomba is alleged to have written a letter that authorised the development of the land he reportedly awarded to Taringana Housing Scheme.

The State alleges that in 2019 Gomba connived with his accomplices, who are yet to be accounted for by police, and altered an approved layout plan belonging to Youth in Business Housing Trust.

As a result, Gomba and his accomplices allegedly converted State land into council land and allocated it to Taringana Housing Scheme.

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