- Bridget Nyandoro (pictured), an MDC Alliance youth league secretary general, was made to pay only ZW $5,000 (about US $50) for a Harare residential stand. She failed to produce a receipt or agreement of sale from Council as proof of purchase.
By Mutsa Makuvaza
A REPORT prepared by the City of Harare’ Head of Public Safety brings corruption right on the doorstep of MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa by exposing a corrupt racket that has seen council losing 52 stands in Kuwadzana and Strathaven to wives, girlfriends and acquaintances of the opppsition party’s top officials.
Soon after their election in 2018 as ward councillors, the city officials connived and agreed to give stands to one another without following procedures. However, the officials ended up giving the stands to their wives or girlfriends and generated fake agreements of sale backdated to 2017 so as to cover for their crimes.
The report says the stands were given to wives and girlfriends of the Councillors involved and council received absolutely no cent from the proceeds.
The Public Safety department found that sometime between 2018 and 2019, acting Human Capital Director Matthew Marara, Chief Clerical Officer Aaron Tayerera, Kuwadzana District Officer Tutsirai Kanojorera, and acting Area Administrator Charles Sigauke, in their capacities as City of Harare employees hatched a plan to defraud the council of its land.
52 (fifty-two) allocation letters were crafted and backdated to 2017 by Tayerera and signed by Marara. This was meant to coincide with Marara’ previous tenure at the City Housing Services Department, which he had already left by 2018.
The 52 stands were not surveyed and the accurate measurements were not taken down. The beneficiaries, who are all linked to councillors aligned to the MDC Alliance, we’re asked to pay random values between RTGS$7,000 and ZW $14,000, says the council.
Furthermore, the money from the sale of those stands has not reflected in the council receipt books, meaning it was converted to personal use.
The report says in 2019, Sigauke convinced Seeff Zimbabwe, a real estate agent, to sell one of the 52 stands saying the Council had given it to him to offset his salary arrears.
The stand in question was sold for US $22,000 to an unsuspecting member of the public, Aaron Gomo, and Sigauke pocketed US $20,900. This was after Seeff Zimbabwe had deducted its US $1,100 for agent’s fees.
Gomo was given an allocation letter created by Tayerera and signed by Marara, backdated to 2017, yet the stand was sold by Seeff Zimbabwe in 2019.
Using the same modus operandi, the named council officials sold a stand to Bridget Nyandoro, and MDC Alliance youth league official and alleged girlfriend of a member of the party’s top leadership (name supplied). Nyandoro was made to pay only ZW $5,000 and has no agreement of sale or receipt from the council to prove she bought th stand legitimately.
Nyandoro is the deputy secretary-general for the MDC Alliance youth league following her election at the Gweru 2019 congress.
Harare Residents Trust (HRT) in a July position paper described Matthew Marara as “notorious for his massive corruption in land allocations and primitive wealth accumulation”.
Marara was recently on allegations of being involved in illegal land sales and the cases are before the courts.
Council wants to recover all the land sold illegally or receive full payment of the correct value from the beneficiaries.
Furthermore, council wants to investigate and audit all land sales done between 2017 and 2020 to expose more scandals. – Zimbabwe Voice ■