The three-man commission appointed to run the affairs of Chitungwiza town council have alleged that the municipality is bankrupt. The commission said that councillors and officials bankrupted the municipality through illegal land deals. Some of the deals were described as being conducted “under a tree.”
Mr Madzudzo Pawadyira the chairperson of the commission said:
We have been talking to the internal auditor and we have realised that land in Chitungwiza had degenerated into (a) free for all. For instance, in a planned area, councillors and officials would go and identify land then come to council through planning department and develop site plans before selling the stands under a tree.
Councillors would do the allocations and could even sell the same stand thrice even if it’s on an existing structure.
Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Saviour Kasukuwere suspended all 24 Chitungwiza councillors and the mayor for corruptly allocating themselves land worth $7 million.