Harare town clerk under fire for sitting on illegal sale of stands report

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Harare director incompetence corruption

Report by Nicholas Gochai and Fani Mapfumo

A HARARE City Council (HCC) report recently revealed that Major Matthew Marara (rtd) was the key man in the illegal sale of about 150 stands in Kuwadzana high density suburb, Zim Morning Post can report.

This publication has it from high profile sources within HCC that Harare town clerk Josiah Chisango deliberately sat on the report pertaining to the illegal parcelling out of council land to undesignated beneficiaries.

A letter seen by Zim Morning Post and written to Chisango, by the Head of Public Safety, details HCC Acting Human Capital Director Marara’s involvement in the illegal sale of the residential stands.

The investigations – which date back to February 2017 – involve the fraudulent allocation of 150 residential stands.

All the residential stands are in Kuwadzana suburb.

Of the 150 residential stands, 144 were evaluated and found to be worth US$1 143 000.

There are allegations that the 150 beneficiaries of the stands paid between US$7 000 and US$10 000 before they were allowed to take occupation of the properties.

Beneficiaries of the stands were also asked to pay for the intrinsic or real value of the land on the pretext that the amounts were for arrears that had accrued from failure to pay by those initially designated to take them up.

It is also said that the beneficiaries of the stands – all of who were never on the council waiting list for stands nor were they ever members of known cooperatives – had their allocation letters all signed by Marara.

According to the letter from the Head of Public Safety to the Harare town clerk, no records for the 150 allocated stands were ever found at the Housing Department Headquarters at Mbare, only for them to be created by officers at the Kuwadzana District Office in one Rudo Chigocha’s office, leading to the latter’s arrest.

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