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Ex-Chitungwiza cllr in court for bribery

by Staff reporter
15 Nov 2023 at 05:11hrs | Views
FORMER Chitungwiza councillor Charamba Mlambo appeared at the Harare Magistrates Court facing a charge of trying to bribe Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) officers to stop them from investigating a "friend".

Mlambo (40), a former ward 7 councillor, appeared before magistrate Donald Ndirowei who remanded him to December 18 pending trial on US$200 bail.

Allegations are that Zacc officers Elisha Chimusoro, Chinjikupi G, Stanley Nduku and Chipuriro T were investigating a case of criminal abuse of duty involving a Chitungwiza council official.

It is alleged that on November 7, this year, the team invited Lorrie Motsi for an interview in connection with the case.

During the interview, Motsi requested to go to her workplace to collect documents she intended to include in her statement.

On the same day, Mlambo contacted Nduku  requesting to meet him.

Nduku advised him to come to Zacc Herbert Chitepo offices and the latter informed his colleagues investigating the case and he was advised to entertain Mlambo and establish his intention.

On November 8, Chimusoro, who was leading the investigation, received a call from an anonymous caller informing him that Mlambo had collected money from some land barons to bribe Zacc officials so that they could drop the charges against Motsi.

The Zacc investigating recorded the conversation.

Moments later, Mlambo called Nduku advising him that he was outside Zacc Herbert Chitepo offices.

It is alleged that Nduku proceeded to engage him in one of the Zacc vehicles at the office entrance.

Mlambo informed Nduku about his intention to bribe the investigating officers. He allegedly urged Nduku to state the amount they required.

Nduku returned to the office wherein he played the audio recording to his team members. Mlambo was arrested on December 12 over the incident.

Source - newsday