THE current quest to irregularly accumulate property (particularly land) by Zimbabwe’s two main political parties, Zanu PF and the MDC, remains unmatched in the history of Zimbabwe.
Zim Morning Post has reported such unparalleled primitive urge to acquire wealth in all of the country’s major cities; Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Kwekwe and Mutare.
This trend is not only peculiar to municipalities run by political parties, but even those run by government-appointed commissions.
Among groups or persons also caught up with their hands in the cookie-jar are top municipality officials, but mostly only as henchmen of those wielding political power.
The modus operandi by City Fathers has been to identify open spaces in their jurisdictions and having done that, the next step would be (in modern parlance) to grease the palms of officials within the housing departments for the all important signatures.
Having done that, everything else would fall into place.
But when push comes to shove, and the desire for money has become so pressing, both the City Fathers and top municipal officials oftentimes go for the jugular.
Whole swathes of land, some at the bottom of hillocks where erecting buildings is not permitted under by-laws, on wetlands and places reserved for sewer disposals, all become ‘game meat’ notwithstanding possible consequences.
In certain instances where land may be allocated to co-operatives, land use may be changed with express permission from Local Government or municipality departments endowed with such oversights.