Former Harare Mayor Herbert Gomba appeared in court on Saturday on allegations of parceling out stands meant for recreational purposes without following due process.

Gomba (44) appeared before Harare magistrate Stanford Mambanje charged with fraud.

The State alleges that during the period extending from 2018 to 2020, Gomba who was a councilor in Glen Norah and Harare mayor, connived with Emmanuel Mutambirwa, the Valuations Department head, to cause the creation of commercial stands at Old Hararians Sports Club open space.

The stands were for a proposed creche, marketplace, a medical center, recreational place, and petrol filling station.

It is alleged that during the subdivision process by the Harare Planning Division, Gomba exerted pressure on Samuel Nyabeze through phone and verbal communication to expedite the subdivision to enable the creation of and sale of the stands.

The court heard that Gomba expressed interest in the stand for a petrol filling station to Nyabeze, claiming that he risked losing the opportunity if a Commission to run Harare City Council affairs was put in place before he secured it.

It is further alleged that as a result of Gomba’s actions, the City of Harare planning division then came up with a proposed subdivision plan that went through processes to enable leasing of the created stands, whilst the process for change of reservation would be done at a later stage to allow stands to be sold.‌

Nyabeze allegedly approved a proposed subdivision plan TPF/CR/04/18 to lease the land only, pending a change of reservation process according to the Regional Town and Country Planning Act.

Further allegations are that Gomba connived with Mutambirwa and Daniel Usingarahwe, who are already on remand, and disregarded the special conditions on the approved proposed subdivision plan, and sold the commercial stands to three beneficiary companies owned by the same family at $5 213 781 without complying with the Regional Town and Country Planning Act. ‌

The Herald reports that the matter was remanded in custody to today for bail application.

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