Ex ZINARA boss trial in false start

Former Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) board chairman Albert Mugabe”s trial failed to kick off Monday morning as his lawyer sought postponement of the matter to May 27.

Mugabe is facing charges of criminal abuse of office.

He was represented by Everson Chatambudza on behalf of Admire Rubayo his lawyer who was absent.

It is the state’s case that on March 30 2017, ZINARA human resources committee resolved to obtain a mortgage (loan) from CBZ bank for suspended ZINARA chief executive officer Nancy Masiyiwa-Chamisa who was expected to testify against the parastatal’s former board chairman Monday morning.

Mugabe was hauled before the court in March on allegations of advancing a $300 000 loan with CBZ bank for Masiyiwa as a housing scheme, without board approval.

It is the state’s case that in  April, Mugabe allegedly wrote to CBZ misrepresenting that the board had approved the mortgage for Masiyiwa and that ZINARA would pay off the loan in the event of her contract expiring.

According to the State, ZINARA board had not approved the loan facility.