Chombo fires Chi-town land baron

CHITUNGWIZA - Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo has fired Frederick Mabamba, a councillor accused in a government audit report of being the chief orchestrator of land allocation scams in Chitungwiza.

He was fired as councillor following the results of a disciplinary hearing by council chaired by a Harare lawyer on Wednesday.

Mabamba, through his United We Stand Housing cooperative, is fingered in the audit report of being the chief “land baron” in the illegal allocation of more than 8 000 houses to desperate home-seekers in Chitungwiza, an allegation he denies.

In a letter dated May 23, 2014 seen by the Daily News, Mabamba was suspended after being found guilty of gross mismanagement of council affairs.

“Pursuant to the findings of investigations and a disciplinary hearing carried out after your suspension, a critical analysis of the reports submitted thereto indicates that there is sufficient evidence gathered against your conduct, which point to your being guilty of gross management of council affairs,” read part of the letter addressed to Mabamba from Chombo.

The local Zanu PF heavyweight was dismissed by Chombo in terms of Section 114 (3) and (4) of the Urban Councils Act (Chapter 29: 15).

Mabamba appeared before council’s disciplinary hearing chaired by a legal practitioner following his suspension by Chombo as a result of findings presented by the government investigation team which was deployed to Chitungwiza to probe allegations of illegal allocation of land in the town by “land barons”.

At the time of the suspension the minister also stated that the suspended councillor would face due legal process to ensure the governance code is fully observed.

“Specific charges shall soon be preferred against you, thereafter you will be accorded an opportunity to respond,” Chombo said.

The latest development could spell more trouble for Mabamba and others fingered in the government audit report and recommended for prosecution in a land scam in which more than 14 000 desperate home-seekers were illegally allocated State land for housing development in Seke and Chitungwiza.

During a recent meeting with the troubled town’s councillors,  Local government deputy minister, Joel Biggie Matiza said government, with blessings from the “top”, would soon act swiftly to restore sanity in Chitungwiza and would cause the arrest all those who stole State land and sold it illegally to thousands of unsuspecting home-seekers.

Matiza said this while responding to a question by Ward One councillor, Tichaona Muchakwa on government’s stance on “land barons” who are still carrying on with their illegal activities purportedly taking advantage of police’s reluctance to arrest them.

“The president of this country said they (land barons) should face the full wrath of the law. Very soon you will see the results.”

Matiza said the land barons were still engaging in their illegal activities because they had already taken people’s money and were afraid that the victims would claim their money back.

“We tried to sit down with them through the town clerk, but what was agreed upon was not implemented, instead they hired people to fight against the implementation.

After the meeting, Matiza told the Daily News that all those who are clandestinely working against government’s efforts to restore order to the troubled town “will soon become very irrelevant”, as government was going to descend  on them.

Efforts to get a comment from Mabamba were fruitless by the time of going to press yesterday.

Comments (6)

The headline should probably read: Mabamba Sacrificed. kkkkkkkkkk.

Taurai - 6 June 2014

Ko aka kekusonwa muromo CHIGUMBA muri kukasiirei ?. Ndiko kakatengeza nyika yekwa SEke. kumatombo kariko, ngoda , kariko, mberengwa, kariko, nhasi uno kutengesa nyika kariko.

mambo jabulani - 6 June 2014

Thank you minister Chombo and your Deputy Biggie this has been long tym coming decision, But this shows true application of the Urban Council Act and the master law of the land the Constitution of Zimbabwe that the law is there to protect all the citizens regardless of their financial muscle as residents of chitungwiza we want every participant in these land baron activities to be prosecuted ,ana nyonga nyonga, tandikweyi, nota, vese vanofanirwa kusungwa

mave kumalo - 7 June 2014

Daily News why are you blocking me Chamboko? I thought I am doing a good job praising you and the thank you I get is to be blocked! Are you guys also bought by Jonathan Moyo like Newsday?

Jonathan Moyo - 7 June 2014

Mabamba haafi akasungwa apa kutotamba nebrain dzedu uku these guys eat in the same plate

timinabhonzo - 9 June 2014

murombo achagara ari murombo kusvika afa dai Mwari mapindira isusu togara kuchitungwiza asi mabarons kumadale dale motipunzira asi ivo varere zvavo mudzimba dzavo

timinabhonzo - 9 June 2014

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