HARARE – Former Zimbabwean minister Saviour Kasukuwere has 90 days to appear in court or lose his $250,000 Nyanga property.
Harare magistrate Hosiah Mujaya ruled Friday that Kasukuwere, former Minister for Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment, should appear in court within 90 days or have his property, surrendered as part of the bail conditions last year, forfeited to the state.
Prosecutor Zivanai Macharaga won the bid to forfeit the property should Kasukuwere default again.
Kasukuwere was issued with a warrant of arrest in January, after he failed to show up from his medical visit in South Africa. The ruling is the first of its nature as no property surrendered as surety has been forfeited before.
Kasukuwere is facing four charges of abuse of office emanating from the time he was Minister for Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment and that of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing.
In the first count, the former minister is accused of flouting tender procedures when he awarded Brainworks Private Limited owned by Mr George Manyere a contract to do brokering services and financial advisory to the Government on indigenisation.
According to State papers, the appointment of Brainworks was inconsistent and contrary with the nature of his duties as a minister.
On the three other counts during his tenure as local government minister, Kasukuwere is accused of allocating different pieces of State land to Junior Shuvai Gumbochuma without following due process. Gumbochuma is a sister to former First Lady Mrs Grace Mugabe.
The former Zanu PF politician immediately took to Twitter and warned that he was prepared to fight back