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Tongogara RDC CEO corruption case hearing postponed due to pandemic

Rufasha who is out of custody on $2 000 bail after first appearing before the Shurugwi margistrates court was on Thursday supposed to be at the Gweru anti corruption court but would now be back (in court) on February 26, according to a schedule of new remand dates released by the Judicial Service Commission.

His  (Rufasha’s) lawyer Hillary Garikai confirmed the new remand date.

Allegations against Rufasha were that on April 20, 2018 and at Tongogara RDC, he unlawfully and intentionally awarded a tender to Pelgin Consultancy to supply a backhoe loader services against the advice of the procurement committee that the company had no capacity to supply such machinery.
As result of the anomaly council allegedly lost US$67 850 as the loader was never delivered and the money not recovered.

On the second count, it is the State’s case that on August 26 2019, the former Tongogara boss allegedly unlawfully purchased a business stand for US$500 after misrepresenting to the initial buyer that the land had been re-possessed by council.

The court heard that Rufasha allegedly lied to Spiwe Tambaoga that her business stand number 33 Tongogara Growth Point had been re-possessed by the RDC.

He invited Tambaoga to his office where he allegedly coerced her to sell the stand to him for US$500 before proceeding to build a bottle store on the land contrary to his duties as a public officer.

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