News:Magaya In Stands Scam As Mugabe Accuses Kasukuwere Of Giving The PHD Leader Land Meant For Zanu PF Youth
<vote /> President Robert Mugabe yesterday took Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Saviour Kasukuwere to task for reportedly selling land earmarked for youths housing to Prophet Walter Magaya and political bigwigs.
Prophet Magaya leads the Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries that has pledged to build 20 000 housing units in Harare and Mutare.
Youths have reportedly been muscled out of the project with most of the land going to Prophet Magaya and shelf companies belonging to political bigwigs, among them Minister Kasukuwere’s friends.
President Mugabe, who a few days ago at the National Youth Assembly meeting in Harare slammed corrupt allocation of residential land, yesterday took Minister Kasukuwere to task over the issue before the start of the Politburo meeting,
Ko nyaya yevakomana yemastands iri kufamba sei? Ndakanzwa kuti mastands makatengesa, makatengesera ananaMagaya.
To which Kasukuwere responded:
No shefu. Vakanga vashaya zvekunyora. There is nothing like that. I am the responsible Minister and hakuna zvakadaro zvakaitika.
Not convinced, President Mugabe retorted,
No, No, ndiri kunzwa kuti land yakatengeserwa ananaMagaya. Makatengesa, makatengesa!
The land where alleged corruption has erupted is at Chishawasha B farm where youths were allocated 300ha of the 2 848,77ha that lies along Arcturus Road.
The Herald reports that as at July 26, according to documents from the Local Government Ministry’s State Land Management section, Chishawasha B had been allocated as follows: Udcorp 1 000ha; National Housing Fund 378ha; Harare youths 300ha; Homelink 200ha; Twinbag Investments, N-Frays Infrastructure, Farmtel Investments (Terrence Mukupe), Nettfields Investments (Pvt) Ltd and Mahlaba (Pvt) Ltd (100ha each); Elephant Trust (linked to a Cabinet minister) 70ha; and Zimshelter, Washtrom, Denrock Investments (Kudzai Chipanga) and Casewood (Tongai Kasukuwere) (50ha each).
It is understood that some of these firms are linked to Betty Kaseke, Sarah Mahoka, Innocent Hamandishe and Shadreck Mashayamombe.
Farmtel, Denrock, Casewood and Kaseke reportedly signed memoranda of agreements with the Local Government Ministry to develop the land on July 29.
Around that same time, Prophet Walter Magaya’s Planet Africa is said to have signed a memorandum of agreement with the ministry for 300ha. Documents indicate Planet Africa paid a deposit of US$100 000 on August 10.
On August 17, Minister Kasukuwere withdrew all offer letters except for Planet Africa. It is alleged that Planet Africa was subsequently offered land reserved for youths, which led to speculation of an “improper relationship” between the Minister and the Prophet.
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