The deputy director of valuations and estate management in the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Rejoice Pazvakavambwa (43) and the registrar of valuers Lazarus Chimba (70) were arrested on allegations of facilitating the transfer of council property worth $900 000 into Ignatius Chombo’s name.
Pazvakavambwa and Chimba appeared before Ms Josephine Sande yesterday accused of violating Section 4(a) of the Prevention of Corruption Act (Chapter 9:16). They were remanded in custody to today for continuation of bail application. The duo allegedly acted in connivance with Chombo, Chiwanga, Iben Francisco, James Chiyangwa, Theresa Chenjerayi and Elias Choto.
The State alleges that Chimba wrote a document dated June 13, 2008 to Harare City Council, indicating that he had no objection to a double transfer of a property in Glen Lorne to Aloise Chimeri. Chimba also influenced Harare City Council to illegally get compensation for the stand, after it had been sold by Chombo. Pazvakavambwa allegedly authored another document on June 25 in 2008 addressed to City of Harare, confirming that the stand had been sold to Chombo when it had been illegally acquired.