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Ex-Harare town clerk denied bail

Former City of Harare town clerk Tendai Mahachi was yesterday denied bail and remanded in custody to December 6.

Harare Town Clerk Tendai Mahachi (Picture by NewsDay)
Former Harare Town Clerk Tendai Mahachi (Picture by NewsDay)

He faces allegations of criminal abuse of office after he allegedly corruptly contracted Augur Investments to undertake the $80 million Airport Road rehabilitation project.

Michael Mahachi was then Commission for the City of Harare chairperson. Michael has since appeared in court over the same allegations and was also remanded in custody.

Michael Mahachi
Michael Mahachi
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Mahachi was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa who remanded him in custody to December 6, after the State, led by Shepherd Makonde, opposed bail.

In denying Mahachi bail, Mugwagwa said there is possibility that he might interfere with State witnesses and that he might abscond as there is overwhelming evidence against him.

It is the State’s case that on May 21, 2008, the City of Harare entered into a memorandum of agreement with Augur Investments, a foreign company purportedly based in Ukraine.

Tendai and Michael allegedly signed the agreements on behalf of City of Harare and Augur Investments, which was represented by Kenneth Sharpe and Olexandr Sheremet.

The agreement, worth $80 million, was for the construction and upgrade of Airport Road and was meant to be completed in 2010.

According to the agreement, the court heard Augur Investment was to fund the project while the City of Harare was to cede land to the company in lieu of the work done.

The court also heard title deeds were to be transferred to Augur Investments and be held in trust by Messrs Coghlan Welsh and Guest law firm pending transfer upon certification of work done.

In terms of the Urban Councils Act Chapter 29:15, procurement of service providers is done in terms of sections 210 and 211 of the said Act. Daily News