Lesleigh Chidawanyika, Court Reporter
A Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing employee has appeared in court on allegations of criminal abuse of office and fraud.
Brighton Nesvinga, 41, was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate Learnmore Mapiye.
He was remanded to November 18 on $200 bail, and was ordered not to interfere with witnesses particularly the complainant, to reside at his given address and to report once every fortnight at the police.
The State led by Lancelot Mutsokoti alleges that sometime last year, the accused person Nesvinga forged some signatures on behalf of Cranborne residents who resides along Occonnor Crescent and Fitsjohn Cresecent namely Ritchad Dodo, Bernard Ncube, E Rodgers, Munyaradzi Bakare, Nyatanda and Magadza.
The court heard that Nesvinga forwarded the document to the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works and National Housing making them believe that the residents had been served with a notice on change of stand number 10308 Cranborne Township from public open space and recreation to residential use.
On the second count, the court heard that Nesvinga misrepresented facts to Ministry of Local Government and Public Works that adjacent property owners of the open space at stand number 10308 Cranborne Township had been served and agreed with a notice to change the public open space and recreation to residential use whereas he knew that he had not served them with the notice as required by the standing rules.