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Harare Mayor, councillors further remanded

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Harare Mayor Muchadeyi Masunda and eight councillors who are on trial for allegedly criminally defaming businessman Philip Chiyangwa had their case further remanded to November 2.

The eight appeared for the routine remand on Thursday.

The charges emanate from a 54-page report produced by a team of councilors, which purportedly exposed clandestine land deals in Harare implicating Chiyangwa, Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo, former chairperson of the commission that used to run the affairs of the city Sekesai Makwavarara and other senior council officials.

Councillors involved in the investigation and who now stand accused, have made a counter report to the police against the businessman and the minister, demanding that they be investigated.

However police have been reluctant to deal with the issue arguing that council needed to bring more incriminating information.

The mayor and the councillors were in April granted $20 bail each.

Chairman of the land audit committee Warship Dumba has been barred from talking to the media over the matter.

The state claims that the councillors were involved in leaking the document to the media in a bid to deliberately tarnish the image of Chiyangwa.

The councillors through their lawyers from Mbidzo, Muchadehama and Makoni deny leaking the document.

Alpha Media Holdings journalists, Editor- in- Chief, Vincent Kahiya, Standard Editor Nevanji Madanhire, co-authors of the story Jennifer Dube and Feluna Nleya are cited as witnessed in the case against the councillors.

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