Ka­sukuwere blasted over land deals

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Felex Share Harare Bureau

PRES­I­DENT Mu­gabe yes­ter­day blasted Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Pub­lic Works and Na­tional Hous­ing Min­is­ter Saviour Ka­sukuwere for re­port­edly sell­ing land ear­marked for Harare youths to Prophet Wal­ter Ma­gaya and po­lit­i­cal big­wigs.

Prophet Ma­gaya leads the Prophetic Heal­ing De­liv­er­ance Min­istries.

This comes a few weeks after Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe availed 1 000 hectares of land for res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment to youths in Harare as part of ef­forts to ful­fil the Gov­ern­ment eco­nomic blue print, Zim-As­set.

The land is in Shawasha B, Nor­ton and Harare South.

Youths, as ex­posed by our sis­ter pa­per The Sun­day Mail, have re­port­edly been mus­cled out of the project with most of the land go­ing to Prophet Ma­gaya and shelf com­pa­nies be­long­ing to po­lit­i­cal big­wigs.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe — who a few days ago at the Na­tional Youth As­sem­bly meet­ing in Harare slammed cor­rupt al­lo­ca­tion of res­i­den­tial land—yes­ter­day took Min­is­ter Ka­sukuwere to task over the shenani­gans. “What is the story about the land that was ear­marked for youths?” the Pres­i­dent asked just be­fore the start of the Polit­buro meet­ing. “I am told that you sold the stands to Ma­gaya.” Min­is­ter Ka­sukuwere re­sponded: “No boss. They had no sto­ries to pub­lish. There is noth­ing like that. I am the re­spon­si­ble Min­is­ter and noth­ing like that hap­pened.” Not con­vinced, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe re­torted: “No, No, I un­der­stand that you sold the land to Ma­gaya. I still feel you did that.” The Gov­ern­ment, which is tar­get­ing 300 000 units by 2018, has launched a na­tional pro­gramme to pro­vide hous­ing for all peo­ple with par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to youths. The land where cor­rup­tion has erupted is at Chishawasha B farm where youths were al­lo­cated 300ha of the 2 848,77ha that lies along Arc­turus Road. The of­fer, ac­cord­ing to sources, had been with­drawn un­der un­clear cir­cum­stances amid re­ports that some big­wigs were us­ing shelf com­pa­nies to mask their al­lo­ca­tions. As at July 26, ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments from the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Mi n i s t r y ’ s State Land Man­age­ment sec­tion, Chishawasha B had been al­lo­cated as fol­lows: Ud­corp 1 000ha; Na­tional Hous­ing Fund 378ha; Harare youths 300ha; Homelink 200ha; Twin­bag In­vest­ments, N-Frays In­fra­struc­ture, Farm­tel In­vest­ments (Cde Terrence Mukupe), Net­tfields In­vest­ments (Pvt) Ltd and Mahlaba Pvt Ltd (100ha each); Ele­phant Trust (linked to a Cabi­net min­is­ter) 70ha; and Zimshel­ter, Washtrom, Den­rock In­vest­ments (Cde Kudzai Chipanga) and Case­wood (Cde Ton­gai Ka­sukuwere) (50ha each).

It is un­der­stood that some of these firms are linked to Cdes Betty Kaseke, Sarah Ma­hoka, In­no­cent Ha­man­dishe and Shadreck Mashayamombe.

Farm­tel, Den­rock, Case­wood and Cde Kaseke re­port­edly signed mem­o­randa of agree­ments with the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­istry to de­velop the land on July 29.

Around that same time, Prophet Wal­ter Ma­gaya’s Planet Africa is said to have signed a mem­o­ran­dum of agree­ment with the min­istry for 300ha.

Doc­u­ments in­di­cate Planet Africa paid a de­posit of $100 000 on Au­gust 10.

On Au­gust 17, Min­is­ter Ka­sukuwere with­drew all of­fer let­ters ex­cept for Planet Africa.

It is al­leged that Planet Africa was sub­se­quently of­fered land re­served for youths, with some quar­ters speak­ing of an “im­proper re­la­tion­ship” between the Min­is­ter and the prophet.

Of­fi­cials from Prophet Ma­gaya’s Prophetic Heal­ing De­liv­er­ance Min­istries have main­tained that their trans­ac­tions were above board.

The of­fi­cials con­firmed to The Sun­day Mail that they had re­ceived 300 hectares in Chishawasha B adding that “we have paid de­posit for that.”

On the other hand, Min­is­ter Ka­sukuwere dis­missed al­le­ga­tions of im­pro­pri­ety, say­ing the pri­or­ity list for Chishawasha B had youths, women, the Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion and Homelink.

He con­firmed that some al­lo­ca­tions were done wrongly and he “had to can­cel ev­ery­thing.”

He claimed PHD was yet to get land and that the church was in dis­cus­sions with Ud­corp to that end.

One of the firms whose of­fer let­ter was with­drawn has writ­ten to Min­is­ter Ka­sukuwere’s min­istry threat­en­ing le­gal ac­tion.

Part of the generic with­drawal let­ters read: “This min­istry re­grets to ad­vise you that the of­fer of (num­ber of hectares) of land at Chishawasha B Farm is be­ing with­drawn with im­me­di­ate ef­fect due to other press­ing needs for land in this area.

“Con­se­quent to this de­ci­sion to with­draw the land of­fer, the mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing which had been signed between your­selves and the min­istry has been deemed can­celled.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tions show that the Chishawasha B saga started on Septem­ber 4, 2015 when Harare East leg­is­la­tor Cde Mukupe ap­proached the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­istry seek­ing ap­proval for ur­ban de­vel­op­ment on 710,226ha of Chishawasha B.

The prop­erty fell un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of the Lands and Ru­ral Re­set­tle­ment Min­istry and on Oc­to­ber 21, 2015 Min­is­ter Ka­sukuwere asked for its trans­fer­ence to his brief. Around March this year, Lands Min­is­ter Dr Dou­glas Mombeshora for­mally handed over the farm to Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment.

Soon after that, Min­is­ter Ka­sukuwere is­sued of­fer let­ters to Cdes Ma­hoka, Mashayamombe and Choto, at which point Cde Mukupe threat­ened to ex­pose what he felt was cor­rupt al­lo­ca­tion of the land.

The three of­fer let­ters were with­drawn, and in April Min­is­ter Ka­sukuwere is­sued 13 new ones, only to with­draw all but Prophet Ma­gaya’s Planet Africa three days later.

Or­phans, the el­derly and vul­ner­a­ble res­i­dents of Ward 1, 2 and 3 re­ceive mealie-meal do­nated by Bu­l­awayo Provin­cial Af­fairs Min­is­ter Eu­nice Nomthandazo Moyo yes­ter­day

Saviour Ka­sukuwere

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