Zimbabwe Police Investigating Land Grab Scandal

Police Spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena said although no arrests have been made so far, investigations into the
case have started.

“Yes, we have a report that was made by one Charity Bango where they are alleging fraud in which two Harare City employees Cosmas
Zvikaramba and Psychology Chiwanga connived to sell Odar Farm to Philip Chiyangwa on September 2, 2009. So we are carrying out
investigations into the matter,” said Bvudzijena adding that no arrests have been made so far.

Zvikaramba is the finance director while Chiwanga is the director of urban planning in the Harare City Council.

Acting mayor Bango on Monday made the police report IR number 040725/10 over the alleged land scandal and handed over a special
investigations report that was tabled before the council 2 weeks ago.

The committee has recommended that Chiyangwa and Chombo must be arrested for irregularly acquiring land in the capital. In its 54 page report entitled ‘special investigations committees report on city of Harare’s land sales, leases and exchanges from the period October 2004 to December 2009’ the committee observed that there was no council approval for all land acquired by Chiyangwa. The committee also discovered that all land associated with him was acquired fraudulently and council procedures were not followed.

Chiyangwa’s Kilima Investments allegedly entered into land swap deals with the council in December 2007.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has also stamped his authority and recently summoned the co-ministers of Home Affairs, Giles Mutsekwa of MDC and Kembo Mohadi of Zanu (PF) to explain why councilors who  carried out the land audit were arrested instead of the people accused of illegally grabbing land.