Harare – Former Cabinet minister Saviour Kasukuwere, who was arrested on four counts of alleged abuse of office, has been remanded to October 29 for trial after he was granted $3 000 bail by Harare regional magistrate Hosea Mujaya.
He was ordered to surrender title deeds to a Nyanga property among other stringent bail conditions.
Kasukuwere is now being represented by Charles Chinyama after he was ditched by Jonathan Samukange.
Samukange, who is also Zanu-PF’s legislator for Mudzi South constituency, cited conflict of interest as his reason for ditching Kasukuwere saying the decision follows concerns raised by youths in his constituency.
He was also ordered to report twice a day to the police, submit his passport, continue residing at his given address and not to interfere with State witnesses, particularly Mr George Manyere of Brainworks (Private) Limited.
The state is being represented by Michael Reza and Zivanai Macharaga, from the President’s Special Anti-corruption team.
He is facing three counts of criminal abuse of office as a public officer during his tenure as a Cabinet minister.
The first three charges were allegedly committed while Kasukuwere was serving as a Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing.
The other count was allegedly committed while he was the Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment in which he reportedly awarded a tender to a company called Brainworks Capital corruptly.