MDC councillors block minister's attempt to buy subsidised stand

HARARE - MDC councillors last week vetoed the sale of a residential stand to minister of State for Harare Province Miriam Chikukwa at almost half the price.

The decision, which was sealed by Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni, would have seen Chikukwa buying the Glen Lorne stand at a 40 percent discount.

The stand, measuring 6 573 square metres was going for $12 per square metres and could have cost her $92 000.

In housing minutes circulated during a full council meeting, acting director of housing Mathew Marara had requested that a 40 percent discount be given to Chikukwa.

“The acting director of social development (Marara) requested that a concessionary rate of 40 percent to be used to calculate the selling price for the stand which amounts to $48 000 plus value added tax of $7 200. This will give a total of $55 200,” he said.

During the meeting, Manyenyeni revealed that he was being hounded by legislators who are seeking to get residential stands in Harare at lower prices.

“She will not be given a discount on the stand based on the argument that we risk opening up the issue to other legislators who are constantly asking for the same.

“She will be given the stand at its full price,” Manyenyeni said.

Mabvuku councillor Munyaradzi Kufahakutizwi had also argued that even though the city is already struggling to meet its service delivery obligations, they are attempts to sell stands at discounted rates.

Kufahakutizwi said Chikukwa, who had already been afforded the privilege of jumping the queue on the waiting list, should pay the original price for the stand.

“If we give her the stand at half the price, we will have set a precedence which we may risk not being able to maintain. Besides that, she already has her own privileges at her office,” he said.

Glen Lorne councillor Allan Markham also queried how Chikukwa had managed to acquire a residential stand in his ward when he was failing to get one.

“Every time I ask when I will get my stand I am told there is no land and yet you want to give her one . . . It’s weird where is the land coming from?” Markham queried.

Rugare councillor Peter Moyo also reminded council how they still owe boxer Charles Manyuchi a residential stand after his World Boxing Council welterweight title victory in July last year.


Comments (1)

Bunch of thieves, let her go and get one from Chombo he has stands in every town and city. This is how chiyangwa makes a bulk of his money, buy heavily discounted stands and sell them at a premium. Why was she being given a 40% discount anywhere? For what? Then you cry sanctions when people are this greedy and corrupt.

Galore - 6 September 2016

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