‘Net Closing In on Land Barons in Harare South’, says ZACC

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Harare South MP Tongai Mnangagwa at a rally.
Harare South MP Tongai Mnangagwa at a rally.

HARARE – Following articles covered by TSTnews and the subsequent formal complaint by residents in Harare South exposing land barons , the anti-corruption body has revealed that it is now instituting investigations on the suspected land barons.

By Farai Maphosa

In an interview with TSTnews, the  Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission(ZACC) spokesperson John Makamure  confirmed that they received a formal complaint from disgruntled residents under Retreat Harare Southern Residents Trust and investigations into the alleged selling of land by the land barons are now at an advanced stage.

“I can confirm that we received a letter of complaint about land barons from a residents association in Retreat Park, Harare South and investigations are now in full swing to bring to book the perpetrators ,” said  ZACC spokesperson John Makamure.

In a copy gleaned by TSTnews ,the residents also accused the department of state and the registrar of co-operative for facilitating the illegal selling of land in the Harare South constituency which falls under President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s nephew , Tongai.

“The department of state land is promoting double allocations by issuing unsanctioned lease agreements to two people or people who are not members of the cooperatives at one stand.

“The Registrar of Co-operative is believed to be registering people who are yet in other co-operatives and unions defying the  Cooperative Act, Chapter 24:05,” reads the letter.

Also named for allegedly protecting the land barons are the police and the legislator Tongai Mnangagwa .

In  a TSTnews expose the following names were implicated in the land deals Gideon Dzitiro,Prince Kapupurika,Pardington Changwiza,Tinashe Maudeyi,Blessing Kanyemba,Innocent Mutizwa,Gilbert Mawire,Forget Mapfumo,Kuda Kapfunde,Munashe Cephas ,Tapiwa Chindende,Brian Mawire,Prosper Mawarire,Cloud Chingondo,Marshall Sibanda,Clive Gava,Behold Ndudzo ,Perpetual Fundirwa and Nicholas Hamadziripi who is a District Coordinating Committee(DCC) member for ZANU PF’s Harare Province.

The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission has vowed to tame the menacing land barons who are allegedly members of the ruling party, Zanu PF but critics have bemoaned the lack of urgency from the anti-corruption body to deal decisively with the ill-dealings.