Zanu PF official named in Caledonia land scam

HARARE - A committee, set-up by Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo led by Percy Toriro, found that Caledonia Farm was illegally divided into 23 000 housing stands.

Toriro’s committee revealed that Caledonia, which is bigger than certain towns like Marondera and Bindura, has over 200 housing cooperatives.

Two district administrators (DAs) from Goromonzi and Mabvuku-Tafara and Zanu PF Harare provincial chairperson Robert Kahanana were fingered in the land scam.

Caledonia and Eastview development consortium chairman, Nelson Mandizvidza, is said to have pocketed about $3 million while Kahanana allegedly looted hundreds of thousands through sale of State land.

In his findings Toriro said, stands earmarked for schools were also illegally divided and turned into residential stands, with children having to attend school in Mabvuku, Tafara and Arcturus.

“There are also serious fears of a major humanitarian health disaster as there are no proper ablution facilities and no running water which leaves residents with no choice but rely on unprotected shallow wells which means there is a lot of cross contamination,” Toriro said.

He said the barons took advantage of their proximity to high ranking politicians to sell State land, thereby criminally prejudicing both the State and residents.

Toriro’s committee was set up to bring normalcy to Caledonia.

The committee also incorporates council officials.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police and Zimbabwe National Army will provide two members each, the chief executive officer of the Goromonzi Rural District Council, two officials from the local government ministry and an unidentified banker will be in the committee.

“I give this committee two weeks to put the administrative machinery in order and a further four weeks to do the rest of what is needed.

“Any official from government who committed an offense will be dealt with immediately. Those two DAs will have to be recalled. The town planners who were doing work nicodemously, selling land will be arrested. We also want the police to go after the land barons immediately,” Chombo said.

Comments (5)

What do you expect from them?What good has Chombo done to have sanity in his ministry eversince he got there?If that ministry still have that man we have to know that asking for good governance is like crying for the moon.its always split milk on our floor until these kakistocratic elements in government are gone

carson macate - 15 March 2015

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