Harare City Council corruption: Town planner suspended

HARARE City Council (HCC) on Tuesday suspended its town planner Samuel Nyabezi following allegations of corruption in the sale of land in Willovale, the Zim Morning Post can exclusively reveal.

The suspension comes at a time when 14 HCC top officials and six councillors have been arrested in connection with the sale of 152 stands in Kuwadzana.

In a letter written by the HCC director of works inly identified as Chawatama, Nyabezi is informed that: “Your suspension follows serious allegations that you breached Clause 10.5 (t) of the Code which provides for Conduct Inconsistent in that you were allegedly involved in a questionable transaction regarding lot 2 of subdivion B of subdivision A of Willovale.”

The suspension letter also instructs Nyabezi not to interfere with the investigations underway.

“Meanwhile you advised not to interfere with these processes by visiting your workplace or council premises..,” reads the letter.

Contacted for a comment Nyabezi could neither deny nor confirm that he has been suspended.

“I am not in a position to comment on such issues. I understand that you want to write a balanced story but for now I cannot comment,” Nyabezi said.

This development comes at a time when 14 HCC officials are facing a plethora of corruption charges after being apprehended by CID Commercial Crimes Unit.

The alleged syndicate is comprised of human capital director Matthew Marara, Tapiwa Gona (head of public lighting),Tonderai Mukora (surveyor), Believer Mupandawana, Tineyi Kureva, Magret Sarudzai George, Mazano Zvakanyorwa, Wellington Tauya, Austin Tapiwanashe, Rudo Pauline Chigocha, Timothy Majena, Bernard Mkuna and Kizito Chikowore.