MUTARE – RUSAPE Magistrate Court has set November 22 as judgement day for former Rusape Town Council secretary Joshua Maligwa who is facing five counts of criminal abuse of office.
The case which has taken almost two years will be presided by a new team led by Magistrate Vusimusi Gapara and prosecutor Event Dhliwayo, after a reshuffle at the court that saw a number of staff being transferred.
Maligwa is currently the Mutare City Town Clerk after joining it in May 2017.
He tendered his resignation at Rusape Town council in April 2017.
He will be represented by Mutare based lawyer Victor Chinzamba of Mugadza and Chinzamba Associates and Khupe Law chambers.
It is the State’s case that one of the five counts that Maligwa is facing, he is alleged to have flouted tender procedures when he awarded the tenders to a Civil Engineer to construct the Civic Centre.
The job has not yet been completed.
Maligwa is also alleged to have fraudulently awarded a tender to GreenPlan for the Rusape Town Council Master Plan Review.
However, an adjudication committee headed by a Mr Besa who was Rusape Town Council Town Planner later realised that GreenPlan had no the expertise and experience to do the review as it was allegedly discovered that the company was a real estate agency and not town planners.
Maligwa is also facing a count of cash embezzlement after allegedly allocating himself a travel and subsistence allowance top up on a council business trip to South Africa without council resolution.
Maligwa is also accused of not following proper procedures as required by the Local Government Board when he allocated himself his terminal benefits.
Maligwa is alleged to have allocated himself a Isuzu Double cab DTec, two residential stands, one commercial stand, laptop and a cellphone without approval from the Local Government.