Council investigates Mashayamombe

HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) wants know how much land Zanu PF provincial commissar Shadreck Mashayamombe owns and leases in the capital as part of its wider investigations into the land allocations in the capital.

Mashayamombe is also MP for Harare South constituency which was once a subject of focus by both government and the HCC after residents were engaged in disputes with private developers.

Councillors, in their finance and development committee minutes, pushed for an investigation after Mashayamombe had requested to be allocated stand number 40667 Harare Township.

“The committee discussed the matter raising concern that the applicant had been allocated other pieces of land by council and proceeded to defer consideration of the matter pending submission by the finance director of a status report with information of other pieces of land that had been allocated to the applicant,” read part of the minutes.

Councillors also said Mashayamombe was already leasing two properties, one commercial and another as an office in the city centre.

Mashayamombe has denied the allegations.

“I have never sold land to anyone illegally. All these people who speak badly of me simply want to tarnish my image,” he said.

Mashayamombe has in the past been accused of being a land baron in his Harare South constituency and other parts of the city while using his Zanu PF party card.

During a full council meeting in 2016, councillors accused Mashayamombe of illegally parcelling out land as a vote-buying trick.

 

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