Crowborough families face eviction

HARARE - Over 100 people could be evicted from their Crowborough homes after alleged fraudulent activities at Phase 4 housing scheme.

The scheme which is run under the Harare Municipal Workers Union (HMWU) is being accused of double and even triple allocation of stands in the high density residential area.

In a letter dated December 10, 2013, to the Commercial Crimes Unit at Harare Central Police, the residents claim a list of intended beneficiaries of the scheme has already been submitted to Harare water department.

“The current committee led by Nhamo Chikombingo fraudulently sold some of the same stands occupied and owned by us to other individuals.

“They allege they were using a guideline provided by HCC (Harare City Council) to eliminate those individuals who paid in cash at the site office,” reads part of the letter.

Problems with the scheme arose after lack of communication regarding finances arose prompting the HCC to conduct an internal audit.

One of the residents claims that after the Chikombingo committee was appointed, it requested that people pay additional money for roads to be constructed.

“The Chikombingo committee opened a TN bank account into which all funds were being deposited.

“It appears the call to work together by all members was only used by both the director of housing and this committee to make all members pay contributions for road construction and dump non-council workers after the developments had been completed.

“After these payments were made and the road was now being constructed, the Chikombingo committee announced they are now reverting to the original council allocation list of 2006,” the resident said.

The new committee claims that cash paid by non-council workers was misappropriated by the previous committee as well as the re-allocation of stands that is why they were being struck off the owners’ list.

“Members of the Chikombingo committee have so far approached us to pay an additional $2 500 above the original payment made to date. Some members have also complained that they had to make side payments without receipts to get a stand,” the resident said.

Chairperson of HMWU Cosmas Bungu said though the scheme was initially for municipal workers — non-council employees who later benefitted should not be left out in the cold.

“We have had reports from some of our union members saying they are being threatened with eviction and we do not condone that.

“The director of housing (Justin Chivavaya) should look into the matter and ensure there is no chaos,” Bungu said.

He added; “For those who are not municipal workers, they should not suffer because they also have a right to those stands if all procedures were followed. No one should have to struggle to find a home for their families.”

Chivavaya was not available for comment as he was not in office.

Comments (5)

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dofo - 10 February 2014

hey mr mugabe what do u think of all that is happening in this country,please be seen to do something we cant have a president like you who just sit and watch while the country rots in corruption,i'm beginning to believe for sure that you were castrated machende muhondo haubatsire harahwa yekwaani,nxaaa

samaz - 11 February 2014

If the top political leadership remains silent about this it means they are partners in crime, stealing from the poor. Ohh but then... are they not?

Taurai - 11 February 2014

The problem is in Zinbabwe individuals own something which should be owned by the councils. If The Harare Housing department was doing its job well we could be not having this problem but suddenly so and so has land in Harare to sell stands how is that? Fertile ground for corruption was created and hey we are doing it very well. Spot fines, land, salaries, allowances, probe committees, number plates, housing cooperatives, very fertile ground for corruption and nobody wants to stop the rot. Mai Mujuru actually thinks it strengthens ZanuPF.

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