Arrest barons: MP

HARARE - Simon Chidhakwa, the legislator for Zengeza West (MDC) has dared government to arrest land barons fingered in the illegal land allocations in Chitungwiza, saying demolishing houses is not the solution.

Government, through the ministry of Local Government, Rural and Urban development was stopped by a court interdict as it moved to destroy the illegal houses.

However,  nothing has been done to the land barons who lined their pockets by illegally parcelling out stands.

Chidhakwa says government’s inaction smacks of double standards.

“If government was sincere, the land barons could have been arrested. Who committed a crime the land barons or the ones allocated the stands?” asked Chidhakwa.

Although the courts ruled that council, which is acting on the orders of Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo, can only proceed with the demolitions after following procedures laid down in the country’s laws, residents still fear their houses could be demolished.

“Government is not sincere, the building of houses took place under the minister’s nose, why was he quiet, these houses were not built overnight, the ministry should have taken action at that time,” said Chidhakwa.

Residents moved to block the demolitions after the municipality had started destroying houses in Zengeza.

Fredrick Mabamba, one of the land barons, has since been suspended from Chitungwiza Town Council where he is a councillor.

But he insists that his dealings were above board.

Comments (3)

Three things need urgent action from the government. First an alternative piece of land needs to be identified and developed before moving these unfortunate people, second , houses especially thosse built ontop of sewer lines and under powerlines need to be razed to the ground as soon as possible as they are a disaster just waiting to explode, and lastly all the land barons need to be put behind bars after they have paid back their ill-gotten gains.

Dr Know - 12 May 2014

Mabamba and chombo must be related or both conspired to steal money from us! chombo ngaregee kunyepa kuti zvaiitika paseri petown centre aisazviona. Mabamba acting like the president, lying promising to built the university of chitungwiza. Chombo you are not smater than what you think you are. Building a house to us is a lifetime achievement and a right then you rob us of that right. You and Mabamba muchatidako this is not right. our hard earned money ....how many houses do you have?

mambamba and chombo - 13 May 2014

Mainge musingazive kuti Chombo idofo here?Bvunzai G Chavunduka akamudzinga pa UZ apo atadza kupa vana dzidzo avakuvapa poison.Akataurirwa na Tsangirai kuti macouncillors angu arikuba ivhu achitengesa ne mari iri pamusoro,ndavadzinga ngavabude mucouncill iye akati ,ndipei kuno mbava ndodzangu plus ndoda kuti varambe vachiba kusvika rini.Hapana kwakambosevenza Chombo akanzi good.MaZanu aipururudza achiti arikupfidzisa maMDC nekuvanyima matoro nenzizi dzekuvakira dzimba saka nhasi ndezvipi?Chigumba chaipawo dzimba,mastand nemazai chichiti ivhu nderacho.Mabamba chichiita ta kunge ndicho mayor pa kanzuru apa chichisarutwa ne madofo ekanzuru kunyangwe chaisava kanzura.NGAZVISUNGWE NEKUKURUMIDZA ina kanzura Mangoma akasungwa akanopika wani.

CHIGOCHAMAZIZI - 13 May 2014

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