Chief Zvimba, Old Mutual in land wrangle

HARARE - Chief Zvimba, Stanley Mhondora, is locked in a land ownership wrangle with Old Mutual, with the chief laying claim to the 6,4 hectares located in Budiriro 4, wards 23 and 24.

Old Mutual bought the land from the Harare City Council, but is tussling for the land with an apostolic sect, Johane Masowe Yenyenyedzi Nomwe, which says the land was given to them by Chief Zvimba, who claims to be the rightful owner.

The church is flatly refusing to vacate the land.

Old Mutual intended to build houses under the Cabs Building Scheme but Johane Masowe Yenyenyedzi Nomwe church is having none of it.

The company tried to peg stands on the land but was met with stiff resistance from the sect.

Now, Chief Zvimba has waded into the battle, telling Old Mutual and the Harare city Council to go hang.

In a meeting to address the impasse held on Friday by the Apostolic Christian Council of Zimbabwe (ACCZ), Chief Zvimba said he had the final say over the land.

“If you check the map, this area is under my jurisdiction,” Chief Zvimba said.

“So I am shocked as to why the Harare City Council sold my land to Old Mutual. This is corruption and I am going to take appropriate action. The company and the city council did a wrong thing and they should be charged.

“Since this is my land, I therefore, instruct the church to stay put. The chief has given you the land. I will notify the Zvimba Rural District Council about the development. Old Mutual should stop harassing the church because they were duped by the Harare City Council.”

Archbishop Johannes Ndanga, ACCZ president, concurred with Chief Zvimba and said the land should be awarded to the church.

“I have been looking at the physical planning map and it clearly shows that this area falls under Chief Zvimba,” Ndanga said.

“What this means is that the city council sold the land to Old Mutual illegally and this is a crime. This is corruption at its best. We cannot allow this to go unpunished.

“We invited Old Mutual and the city council to this meeting but they failed to come because they know they are guilty and corrupt.”

The ACCZ president said government should deal with rampant corruption that is taking place in city councils.

Comments (8)

Aaaaaah madzishe enyu aya haachazivi paanogumira ,who is Ndanga in this case ,please Minister Chombo pindirai ,this scares away investors ,izvi zvamapositori aaah ngava tsvage pamwe pachena pokunamatira nokuti zvinozikanwa havavake chinhu ,pada Zvimba akatobatiswa ko chii chanetsa apa,sei asina kuendesa nyaya kwa minister ?

sinyoro - 3 February 2014

Gushungo nyika haingaende muchiri vapenyu, kwete mbwetete ndaramba. ndipo chaipo panotangira nyika yaZvimba. Corruption munyika yekwaZvimba kwete. kwete bodo. Mukwasha

Meki Mchenje - 3 February 2014

How can someone sells a state land which is under zvimba without the knowledge of the chief.I personally support Chief Zvimba and ACCZ President for the stance they have taken.The property belongs to Johane Masowe nyenyedzi nomwe .It is high time that people should recognise and respect the existance of these churches.

andrew masengere - 3 February 2014

Show us the map tiwonewo. isu tiri veZvishavane saka toda kushandisa map reading skilss dzatakaita kuchikoro tizive chokwadi.

Bigboy Shumba - 3 February 2014

This is caused by the Zezuru varikutonga since 1980. Tell me which town in Zim has a bondary of a rural council as close to the city limits as is happening to Harare. All Chombo must do is to redemarcate the city boundary as was/is hapening to all other towns & cities in Zim. Ma zezuru ashupa aya - otishaisa pokugara because of greed

s shumba - 3 February 2014

Mapositori enyeredzi nomwe kikikiki vorambidza kuti vanu vavakirwe dzimba. Isn't it the minster can change the land use and acquire land more so lands surrounding a city, so these guys would rather not have Harare expand because of some traditonal beliefs.

Maita Manyuka - 4 February 2014

S Shumba where do the Zezurus come in you tribal dimwit. State facts or shut up you jack arse

Chokx - 4 February 2014

S Shumba where do the Zezurus come in you tribal dimwit. State facts or shut up you jack arse

Chokx - 4 February 2014

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