July Moyo appoints team to investigate stands scam

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July Moyo stands scam
Minister of Local Government July Moyo

July Moyo appoints six-member team to investigate stands scam in Mash West

LOCAL Government minister July Moyo has appointed a six-member team led by that ministry’s Mashonaland Central director, one Chiringa, to investigate the management of estate and residential stands in Mashonaland West province.

In the letter signed by Moyo, Chiringa and his team were tasked with seeing through investigations around land and estate management in Mashonaland West province’s three district councils of Chitungwiza, Norton and Zvimba.

Moyo tasked Mashonaland Central director and his team with seeing through investigations around land and estate management in Mashonaland West province’s three district councils of Chitungwiza, Norton and Zvimba.

Among some of the reference points for the investigation team include documents analysis in respect of both land and estate management.

In a letter seen by Zim Morning Post, the team was also tasked to establish if proper procedures for the allocation of land and estate management existed in the three municipalities, including if these were being done according to the Manual for Urban Stateland Management.

On matters around land allocation in Chitungwiza, Norton and Zvimba, the minister mandated his team of assessors to pick out any anomalies in land allocations and what role, if any, the councillors played therein.

The investigators were also mandated with finding out how beneficiaries of residential and commercial stands made out their payments, including if these did not place the councils at a disadvantage through arbitrage.

The investigations also have to make it clear if councillors and their families did not unprocedurally benefit from land transaction processes.

Minister Moyo backdated the land and estate investigations in the three Mashonaland West districts to 2016, with emphasis to find out those councillors and members of their families who benefited and how.

In instances where such benefits (by councillors and their families) were recorded, the investigating team was mandated to go through the agreements of sale and establish if the deals were fair and open.

The minister also tasked the six-member team with looking into the land bank of each of the three Mashonaland West province districts and recommend if they were being sustainably run.

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