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Staff Writer

Harare mayor Hebert Gomba was on Tuesday this week arrested on charges of criminal abuse of office and spent the night at Rhodesville Police Station.

He is likely to appear at the Harare Magistrates’ Court today.

Police national spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said Gomba’s case was being handled by the President’s Special Anti-Corruption Unit.

He referred all inquiries to head of the Unit, Harare lawyer Mr Thabani Mpofu.

Mpofu was not answering his phone at the time of writing.

President Mnangagwa, in May last year, established a Special Anti-Corruption Unit housed in the Office of the President and Cabinet.

The Unit was expected to improve efficiency in the fight against all forms of graft and to strengthen the effectiveness of national mechanisms for the prevention of corruption.

The Unit’s overall objective also includes strengthening and improving the effectiveness of national mechanisms for the prevention and fight against corruption in accordance with the anti-corruption strategy.

Its terms of reference includes collaborating with the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) and the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and other such institutions in the fight against corruption.

It also assists ZACC and other investigative agencies of the State in the perusal and consideration of corruption dockets, subject to the issuance of Authority to Prosecute by the Prosecutor General and to prosecute corruption cases referred to the National Prosecuting Authority by investigative agencies.

Gomba’s arrest follows the arrest of housing and community services director Eddie Nhekairo and other officers in the department.

Also arrested in the collaborative efforts of the Unit, ZACC and the ZRP are Edgar Dzehonye, a senior officer in the housing department, human and capital resources director Matthew Marara and Aaron Tayerera have since appeared in court.

They were all remanded in custody after the court refused them bail citing significant risks that Marara and Tayerera would abscond while Nhekairo was told that he was likely to interfere with a crucial prosecution witness.

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