Ka­sukuwere un­der probe

22 in­dus­trial stands in Mutare at heart of in­ves­ti­ga­tion

The Manica Post - - Front Page - Abel Zhakata Se­nior Re­porter

ZIM­BABWE Anti Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion in­ves­ti­ga­tors are prob­ing how for­mer Zanu-PF na­tional po­lit­i­cal com­mis­sar Mr Saviour Ka­sukuwere ac­quired a whop­ping 22 in­dus­trial stands in Mutare, some of which have un­paid coun­cil bills run­ning into sev­eral thou­sands of dol­lars.

Apart from the Ka­sukuwere probe, the in­ves­ti­ga­tors - who vis­ited coun­cil of­fices re­cently - also want to know how coun­cil al­lo­cated a high-den­sity res­i­den­tial stand to self-ex­iled for­mer Man­i­ca­land Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs Min­is­ter Mandi Chimene’s daugh­ter in 2007.

Sources re­vealed that coun­cil has not been paid a cent for the 307 square me­tre stand (No. 10058 Chikanga) which has since been de­vel­oped and oc­cu­pied by Chimene’s daugh­ter - Ellen.

Town Clerk Mr Joshua Maligwa re­vealed this week that ZACC of­fi­cials vis­ited the Civic Cen­tre over the probe.

“We gave them (the in­ves­ti­ga­tors) all the doc­u­ments they were re­quest­ing be­cause coun­cil is man­dated at law to avail such in­for­ma­tion to law en­force­ment agents. Since most of the things (al­leged cor­rupt deals) were done some years back I asked my staffers to dig deep into their files and re­trieve any ev­i­dence or doc­u­ments that might be help­ful. I can­not say much be­cause this might com­pro­mise the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to coun­cil records, Mr Ka­sukuwere owns large tracts of land in the east­ern bor­der city. In Weir­mouth near the Feruka Oil Re­fin­ery he has 16 in­dus­trial stands run­ning into thou­sands of square me­tres.

Ap­par­ently, by an­a­lyz­ing the way the stands are laid out, it’s a sin­gle large tract of land since the stands are num­bered con­sec­u­tively from No. 6040 up to No 6072.

Some of Mr Ka­sukuwere’s com­mer­cial prop­er­ties si­t­u­ated in the Nyakamete In­dus­trial Area owe coun­cil more than $60 000 in un­paid coun­cil bills. Stand No. 1015 Mutare owes coun­cil $16 408,88 while the ad­ja­cent stand No. 1016 has a debt of $13 718,86.

Stand No. 5185 (for­merly Com­mer­cial Trans­port) has out­stand­ing coun­cil bills amount­ing to $21 653,20 while the ad­ja­cent piece of land, Num­ber 5186, owes coun­cil $5 869,07.

Mr Ka­sukuwere

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