The incarcerated former resident minister for the Midlands province Jason Machaya has alleged that charges levelled against him are politically motivated aimed at tainting his image.
Machaya dropped the bombshell through his legal counsel Mr Alec Muchadehama after the Gwanda based Magistrate Ms Charity Maphosa convicted him and his accomplice for corruption and abuse of office.
Machaya and Chisainyerwa Chibururu was effectively sentenced for effective 30 months in prison.
Maphosa initially slapped the duo 48 months jail term each and later suspended 18 months on condition that they will not commit the same offence in two years.
Muchadehama said the fact that the former president Robert Mugabe never fired him was a clear testimony that the accused did his work with due deligent.
He said Machaya spent all his life at the service of the public from being councillor of Gokwe Town Council, Member of Parliament and Resident Minister for the Midlands province. Delivering the sentence Magistrate Maphosa said “the court should be alive and exercising extreme leniency in the basis of age will send a wrong message to other elderly people in high ranking positions who will award themselves or empower themselves at the expense of service delivery.
” Already the society seems to have lost faith in the judiciary services, so there should be no sacred cows, “she said.
The state case was that, Machaya (68) and Chibururu (50) fraudulently allocated themselves 1000 in Gokwe Mapfungautsi residential suburb.
The court heard that in 2013, the Gokwe Town Council requested for 3000 residential stands at Mapfungautsi extension from the ministry of local government and public works which was granted.
Machaya requested for 10% commonage allocation from the 3000 stands in line with the law.
Machaya, the court heard demanded 1791 residential stands. He doctored minutes to award the Stratious World Marketing Property Developers to service the stands without following the tender procedure.
He sold 1185 stands and took the money for personal use.
The duo’s lawyer Mr Muchadehama indicated to the court that he will appeal against conviction and sentence.
The value of the stands was US900 000.
Mr Garudzo Ziyaduma prosecuted.