News:The story behind the Harare Airport road construction project

<vote /> The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) and the Auditor General’s office have separately called for probes into the airport road contract. According to a report, the construction of the 20km road, known as the Joshua Nkomo Expressway, is among dozens of cases of suspected corruption that ZACC wants to investigate.

An investigation into the project, would find how taxpayers and Harare ratepayers ended up paying eight times more than was recommended, how the City of Harare gave away vast tracts of prime land to pay for the project, and the role played by Ignatius Chombo, then Local Government Minister.

This is what is known from internal investigations by the City of Harare, a report by the Auditor General, and other separate investigations;

  • The airport deal was awarded to [[|Kenneth Sharpe|Ken Sharpe's]] Augur Investments without going to tender, and involved the City of Harare pledging 4000 hectares of land to the company as part payment;
  • Augur Investments at one point shared the same address with a company owned by Ignatius Chombo, whose Ministry had overseen the awarding of the deal. An investigation found that Augur and Chombo’s Harvestnet Enterprises both listed 62 Quorn Avenue, Mt Pleasant, Harare, as their address;
  • Michael Mahachi, who was caretaker chairman of council at the time the contract was awarded to Augur, was also “project manager” for Augur. He sat in meetings where land was awarded to Augur;

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