Zacc swoops on council officials

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The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc)’s anti – graft fight swooped on local authorities this week, with senior council officials being nabbed for committing various offenses including criminal abuse of office.

The arrests come as the anti-graft crusade has claimed scalps of several politicians and media personalities.

Zacc spokesperson Phyllis Chikundura confirmed the arrests yesterday adding some of the officials appeared in court yesterday, while others will be in the dock today.
Mutare City Town Clerk Joshua Maligwa, was arrested yesterday for the offenses he committed when he was still Rusape Chamber secretary in 2015.

He is being jointly charged with Lawrence Mushayabasa, the current housing director for Rusape Town Council and are facing criminal abuse of public office.

“They allegedly connived in subdividing three industrial commercial stands in Rusape belonging to Oplesves Investments. Of the three commercial stands, one had 10 000 square metres, another one 3 500 square meters, while the last one measures 4 500 square metres.

“They subdivided these stands and sold them to unsuspecting members of the public and also kept some of the stands for personal use. They are detained at Rusape Police Station and are appearing in court tomorrow. They committed these offenses in 2015,” said Chikundura.

Zacc also arrested newly appointed Harare City Council director of housing and social development Edmore Nhekairo on Wednesday on allegations of defrauding Marondera Town Council of cash, residential and commercial stands amounting to thousands of dollars.
He appeared in Court 6 at the Harare Magistrate Courts yesterday.

He allegedly committed the offenses when he was housing director for Marondera Town Council.

Reports say Nhekairo was appointed director of housing and social development in March after leaving Marondera council.

Following his appointment by Harare City, Marondera Town reported him to Zacc leading to his arrest on Wednesday.

It is alleged he stole more than 50 cattle belonging to Marondera council, which he was convicted of and had to pay back in form of cash.

He also fraudulently sold gumtrees in the Hunyani Farm that was given to council and he converted all the proceeds to personal use and was called to appear before a council hearing over the matter.

The report indicates the money he swindled was estimated at $12 million.
Nhekairo is alleged to have also fraudulently sold Atherstone residential stands to his mother-in-law to form a coorperative, but began to sell the stands as if his mother-in-law was the one developing them.

He is reported to have allocated himself stands in Rusike Phase 3, which were designated for a nightclub (stand number 93), shop (94), butchery (95), a new building (107), a wholesale (231); a bottle store (232) at Gombe Shopping Centre; Gomba beerhall (39) and stand number 40 for a bottle store at Nyameni Shopping Centre.

At Cherutombo Shopping Centre he reportedly owns stands number 115, 116 and 117 for a supermarket, shopping mall and a grinding mill respectively while in Atherstone he owns residential and a commercial stands.

In Weston Park he is alleged to own a residential stand and there are also reports that he fraudulently sold himself a rented house that was being sublet to him by council.
Nhekairo also owns stands number 154 and 155 at Tsimba Shopping Centre and fraudulently allocated himself another two residential stands in Rusike area that were meant for the less privileged.

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