GWERU – Convicted former Midlands Provincial Affairs Minister Jason Machaya and provincial planning officer, Chaisayanyerwa Chibururu, serving a 30-month prison term for criminal abuse of office, were yesterday back in court on fresh land scam again involving illegally allocating state land.
Machaya and Chibururu were two weeks ago each sentenced to 48 months imprisonment for criminal abuse of office before 18 months were suspended from each sentence on condition he does not commit a similar crime in two years.
Machaya (68) and Chibururu (50), were convicted for unlawfully allocating 17 799 stands to land developers who in turn gave him 1 791 stands of which he sold 1 185.
Yesterday, they were back in court jointly charged with former Midlands, now Mashonaland West provincial development co-coordinator Cecilia Chitiyo and five other senior Government officials facing fresh allegations of illegally allocating State land.
The other five are Matilda Manhambo (59), Sherpard Marweyi (48), Sifelani Moyo (59), Ethel Mlalazi (65) and Everest Nyamadzawo (33).
They appeared before a Harare regional magistrate, Stanford Mambanje, who has taken over the matter from his Bulawayo counterpart Sibongile Msipa-Marondedze.
They are also facing criminal abuse of office charges.