Harare City withdraws stand offer to Mayor after Kasukuwere intervenes citing abuse of office

Harare City Council has withdrawn its decision to sell a Newlands stand to Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni. This comes after Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Saviour Kasukuwere intervened saying the decision bordered on abuse of office. Manyenyeni was supposed to buy the stand for $106 000.

The city of Harare resolved that:

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That council notes the ministerial directive dated November 29, 2016 on its resolution regarding the sale of Stand 19554 Harare Township, to His Worship, the Mayor for a sum of $106 000.

“That, in view of resolution above and in terms of Section 314(1) of the Urban Councils Act, the resolution recorded under item 10 of the 1858th ordinary Council Minutes regarding the proposed sale of Stand 19554 Harare Township to His Worship, the Mayor be and is thereby rescinded

The government recently withdrew all privileges for councilors to purchase commercial or industrial stands and said such stands should be allocated on the basis of the waiting list or by public tender.

More: Herald

Bernard ManyenyeniHarare City CouncilUrban Councils Act

Bernard (Ben) Manyenyeni, the former Mayor of Harare, is a Zimbabwean business executive, politician and MDC-T member. As a businessman, his career spans over 25 years in the financial services sector, largely managing group pension funds. He was the Mayor of Harare from 2013 to... Read More About Bernard Manyenyeni

The Harare City Council is an administrative body tasked with providing services for residence of Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe. Among other duties, the council is responsible for providing clean drinking water, housing and accomodation, refuse collection facilities and health services. Read More About Harare City Council

The Urban Councils Act provides comprehensive legislation concerning matters related to local and municipal government. Inter alia, it covers matters related to the incorporation of rural districts or town councils, the election, appointment and terms of office of local officials, and the maintenance of sidewalks,... Read More About Urban Councils Act

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