Ex-NHDT workers in housing fraud

HARARE - Four ex-employees of National Housing Development Trust (NHDT) allegedly stole a housing database and have been enlisting clients from NHDT into their housing project.

NHDT has reported Learnmore Makono, Josephine Mutsamwira, Tapiwa Philimoni and Muchazondida Marwiro to the police for fraud.

Police say they are probing the case.

The four reportedly formed a company dubbed C3 which started engaging NHDT clients and offering them housing stands behind NHDT’s back.

This was after fierce run-ins between NHDT businessman Energy Mutodi and home-seekers over paucity in the delivery of housing.

Mutodi’s NHDT has since partnered with Phillip Chiyangwa’s Pinnacle Holdings under a Memorandum of Understanding whereby NHDT will provide clients, while Pinnacle provides housing stands.

In the fraud case, at least 60 NHDT clients have been duped by C3, which has  been allocating NHDT clients new housing stands in Saturday Retreat.

The homeseekers have been paying between $200 and $600 to C3.

Mutodi advised all NHDT clients that his firm had absolutely nothing to do with C3.

Marwiro, who was a branch manager at NHDT, was reportedly at the forefront of diverting clients to C3.

Mutodi said he has secured land to give his thousands of clients.

He said the “fraud” by his ex-employees was regrettable.

“When they joined, we told them that conditions could change and we had also promised to deliver within three years but like I said land was hard to come by, nevertheless the Pinnacle deal will deliver,” he said.

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