- “There will be lifestyle audits for people who amassed a lot of wealth through land sales. There will also be a lifestyle audit for all council employees.”
GOVERNMENT has advised that it will start lifestyle audits for all Harare City Council officials, saying there are indications that they have been allocating State land to their “cronies and girlfriends” and that Councillors have been “stripping and selling State land to finance their party programmes.”
Harare Provincial Development Coordinator Mr Tafadzwa Muguti is quoted telling council management that Government is probing how some of them have amassed wealth overnight with suspicions high that State land is being sold by the unscrupulous officials.
“It is sad that council officials have been facilitating the illegal sale of State land,” he said. “As Government, we want to know those who have been allocated stands since 2014.
“There will be lifestyle audits for people who amassed a lot of wealth through land sales. There will also be a lifestyle audit for all council employees.”
Zimbabwe National Organisation of Associations and Residents Trust head Mr Shepherd Chikomba hailed the move.
“As residents, we applaud the Government for taking this step towards fighting corruption, this was long overdue,” he said.
“We have been advocating for these lifestyle audits for a long time, maybe the level of corruption will go down.”
Mr Shepherd Shava said their wish as residents was for the exercise to be done in all the councils in Zimbabwe.
The Special Anti-Corruption Unit (SACU), the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) and police have been fighting tooth and nail to arrest officials implicated in land scams, with the majority of them now answering to cases in the courts.
Recently, former Harare Mayor Herbert Gomba appeared in court on corruption charges. Among other charges, Gomba is accused of selling the city council’s swimming pool in Avondale and allegedly pocketing the proceeds.
SACU has since confirmed that its investigators are handling the case. ■