The trial date for former Midlands Provincial Affairs minister, Jaison Kokerai Machaya who is facing allegations of criminal abuse of duty as a public officer after he fraudulently acquired 1 000 residential stands from Gokwe Town Council and later resold them has been set.
The date has been set to July 19 at Harare magistrates’ court.
The State alleges that from the period extending from 2011 to 2017, Machaya who at the time was the Governor and Resident Minister for Midlands Province, in that capacity used his official powers and acquired 1000 residential stands.
These residential stands were amongst the 3000 that were available in Mapfungautsi Residential area in Gokwe which is under Gokwe Town Councli Administration.
This move was contrary to government policy which allows the ministry of local government Urban and Rural Development to acquire just 10 percent of the total stands as commonage.
As a result, Gokwe Town Council lost revenue in respect of 700 stands.
Machaya further imposed a land developer known as Striations World Marketing Property Developers to service and sell stands without following proper tender groceries.