Five more 'land barons' appear in court

HARARE - The number of alleged “land barons” charged for fleecing home seekers of large sums of money through illegal allocations of residential stands has risen to 17.

This comes after Theresa Ndambakuwa, 48, Brian Muzenda, 41, Margret Mafume, 40, Tsitsi Sapabwe, 45, and Angeline Mutizwa, 31, appeared before magistrate Francis Mapfumo yesterday charged with fraud.

They were represented by Nathaniel Chigoro.

Magistrate Mapfumo granted them $500 bail each. The matter was remanded to September 17.

Prosecutor Sabastian Mutizirwa alleged that sometime in August 2012, the accused persons who are executive members of Perfect Hope Housing Co-operative connived to form the co-operative in Glen Norah A Harare.

The accused persons allegedly misrepresented to 50 co-operative members that they had been allocated an idle piece of land by Harare City Council (HCC).

The complainants joined the co-operative after paying $5 each. They began contributing $50 monthly.

They opened a CBZ bank account to facilitate subscription deposits before registering the co-operative with the SMEs ministry.

The accused persons were accused of allocating residential stands without an offer letter from HCC. They later applied for authority but the application is still pending approval.

This prompted HCC to inform the police about the illegal dealings, leading to the arrest of the accused persons.

The complainants suffered a prejudice of $135 000. Nothing was recovered.

Comments (1)

Someone needs to expose Augustine Chihuri as a major land thief / criminal. He and his criminal enterprise cronies in the police evicted owners and employees from the URBAN Property GLETWYN (east of Harare) Then he and his cronies plundered all the assets there including houses and other improvements. One of his partner in this crime is commissioner Canaan Mugumira who now occupies one of the stolen houses. SUGGESTION __ Go to GLENWOOD to get a majestic overview of Chihuri's new stolen empire and what he has built there. People like the useless self-professed AMH jounalist Dumisani Muleya knew all about this yet has said nothing about it so far. Meanwhile Saviour Kasukuwere's claims he is hunting for Land Barons. One of these thieves is now an avid sports fan and is a retired multi-millionaire made from selling this plundered property. This Land Baron's headquarters can be found at 12 Meredith Drive Eastlea. Since this thief is a rabid Zanu pf stalwart nothing will be done about this criminal and his cabal.

Mberembere Jengaenga - 22 August 2015

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