Police hunt down land barons

HARARE - Police were yesterday said to have intensified investigations into allegations that dozens of land barons, were illegally selling municipal, State and property developers’ land as government battles to stop the fraudulent activities which saw the suspects raking in millions of dollars in the past few years.

National police spokesperson, Charity Charamba yesterday told the Daily News that although police were struggling to get complainants in some areas, they had intensified their investigations.

She said: “Six more land barons representing Bhora Mugedhi. Ebenezer, Musha Mukuru and Tinotenda housing co-operatives have been arrested. We kindly ask members of the public to come forward and report because most of the people who were coned by the barons seem to be now afraid of coming forward.  It is a criminal offence to illegally parcel out land and it is that criminal aspect that we as police are interested in,” said Charamba.

Seven other suspects from the same co-operatives appeared in court this week and are out on bail.

Businessman Phillip Chiyangwa was also duped of vast tracts of land in Southlea Park and recently government returned the farms after a dispute spanning over five years.

Chiyangwa argues that he acquired the farms (now Southlea Park) but government gazetted the land.

He argues that after the gazetting, land barons moved in and started selling the land while he was still fighting the gazetting in the courts.

Government delisted and returned the contentious farms to Chiyangwa as confirmed by a letter dated December 19, 2014 from the ministry of Local Government which reads.

“Government of Zimbabwe has resolved to return the Farm Odar to Sensene Investments (Private) Limited a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pinnacle Property Holdings (Pvt) Ltd. Sensene Investments (Private) Limited will receive compensation directly from the occupants and pass ownership accordingly.

“Government of Zimbabwe has also resolved to return Nyarungu Estate to Jetmaster Properties (Private) Limited for use in promoting its industrial development as per the local authority plan in place. Occupants currently settled in the area and those from Arlington Estate will be resettled on Subdivision A of Stoneridge.

“A more comprehensive resettlement plan and compensation methodology will be agreed between Government of Zimbabwe and Pinnacle Property Holdings (Pvt) Ltd in due course,” read the letter signed by the then acting secretary for local government Public Works and National Housing, a colonel Mhakayakora.

Chiyangwa has since reported the matter to the police.

Asked specifically on Odar Farm, Charamba said: “We said we are starting with Budiriro then we will spread to other areas.”


Comments (13)

Gushaz maita mari patown. Kungoti zvemari ndezvenyu izvi!

RASTA - 19 August 2015

where are they looking for them? didn't the land audit reveal that the land barons are gina, obese, several and khombo mohard? don't you know the offices of these monkeys?

josphat mugadzaweta - 19 August 2015

Zvakaoma somunamato, the real culprits are left out.

Jonathiel Moyowaonda - 19 August 2015

Also investigate Hatcliffe housing cooperatives were peolpe were made to pay large sums of money but noone is giving us lease agreements. Plans are not being approved. There are several housing cooperatives there and land barons are stealing in the day light.

JENA GURU - 19 August 2015

Ko avo vezanu pf vekumasasa park vanonzi Tushasha housing coop vabatwa here. Batai munhu

Patson - 20 August 2015

I feel pained at this kind of journalism a little wonder if it is the influence of advertising. You cannot bite the hand that is feeding you. I can see now that Chiyangwa guy has turned to your paper for his Southlea Park adverts. Shame on you! If government lists a farm to fulfill a land policy that benefits thousands then de-lists to benefit a single individual can't you smell rat as a trained journalist? Remember the land was offered to 56 companies and there are papers to support that. The Daily News was my favorite read. This angle has dented your paper. Chiyangwa owning three farms with a government blessing!!! Get the facts right. Perhaps it's the struggling economy that's compromising your reportage! Shame shame shame

dumbuzenene - 20 August 2015

Please investigate developers like Jockstar Mt Pleasant Heights phase 2 who took 6500usd per stand development fees over 2 years ago and has done nothing. Is 6500 usd development fees justified after paying more than 20 000usd to buy a stand! Where is the development over 2 years down the line? Government please intervene

Emmanuel - 20 August 2015

but why muchimirira kuti vanhu vatange vavaka batai mbavha dzenyu tisati tavaka

bhudhas - 20 August 2015

I am commenting on the Southlea Park issue where the masses are now made to pay for government's mistakes namely; 1)Government(City of Harare) sold the farms to Chiyangwa for a song 2) Government compulsorily acquired the land to settle the poor. 3)Government allocated the land to the consortium legally 4) Government then delisted the already settled farms 5) government went into an out of court settlement with Chiyangwa only leaving out all other interested parties. 6) the same government is now leaving the poor at the mercy of Chiyangwa What a shame ! Kutamba electorate chiramu kwamuri kuita. Vanhu vari kuziva uye kuona! Ini ndiri gandanga asi hatina kurwira kuscopra povo. NADA ndaramba

comrade dzemutsemu - 20 August 2015

Seems like the Govt played a big role in swindling the masses on this one. It means it rushed into gazetting the take-over of farms yet the issues were pending before the courts. This is called lawlessness or bullying or sheer ignorance. The responsible Minister should be put to task over this coz this is bullshit on the part of Govt

Collin - 20 August 2015

The gvt shld come to sothlea park and address the people so that they get the correct information on the Chiyangwa issue. The Ebenezer people are busy looting our funds without putting in place proper roads, sewage and water infrustructure.

moven - 20 August 2015

May yu pliz investigate Goromonzi rural district council,they sold industrial stands in 2005 but until now they are just quiet about it

Tau - 23 August 2015

Zanu PF thieves and scammers are heavily involved in ALL LAND SCAMS

Shagger Grace - 23 August 2015

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