Some of Zimbabwe’s top military officials reportedly acquired large residential stands in Harare’s leafy suburbs ahead of residents who have been on the house waiting list for many years.
A report by Zim Morning Post reveals that Brigadier-General Anslem Sanyatwe was among the beneficiaries.
According to the report, Town Clerk Admire Chisango allocated a residential stand to Sanyatwe on October 21 irrespective that he had acquired another stand on January 25, 2018. Chisango wrote to Sanyatwe:
Please, be advised that you have been selected for the offer of an unserviced residential stand, number 1052, in Mt Pleasant Township, Harare.
The allocation is a replacement of the remainder of stand 17291 STL (40683 STL) in Borrowdale West that was allocated to you on January 25, 2018.
Sanyatwe is currently Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Tanzania and former commander of the Zimbabwean National Army’s Presidential Guard Brigade.
The issuance of residential stands to top army officials comes at a time the Harare City Council (HCC) top officials have been arrested on corruption and abuse of office charges.
In a statement this Thursday, the MDC Alliance said the real authors of corruption in the country’s local authorities are not councillors. The statement read:
The real authors of corruption in our local authorities are not councillors. They have no legal power to allocate stands.
This is done by the secretariat. In this scandal, the town clerk allocated stands to senior army officials. When will they be arrested? Where is ZACC (the Zimbabwe Anti-corruption Commission)?