Po­lice probe Youth League chair

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - FRONT PAGE - Brian Chitemba and Sa­muel Kadun­gure

PO­LICE are in­ves­ti­gat­ing ZANU-PF Man­i­ca­land youth chair Cde Mubuso Chin­guno for al­legedly swin­dling US$160 000, in­clud­ing from teach­ers, in a res­i­den­tial land scam.

The Sun­day Mail un­der­stands at least 21 peo­ple have filed of­fi­cial com­plaints with the po­lice, prompt­ing the rul­ing party’s Youth League to set up a team to un­cover what is go­ing on.

Po­lice Na­tional Spokesper­son Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Char­ity Charamba said, “Yes, I con­firm a re­port was made (in) Chisum­banje and the docket has been trans­ferred to Chipinge for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions.”

Sources close to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion say Cde Chin­guno used his po­lit­i­cal of­fice to take con­trol of 300 hectares of land meant for a Gov­ern­ment hous­ing pro­gramme for youths.

When Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe di­rected that in­stead of dish­ing out stands it would be more pru­dent to build apart­ment blocks, the land was re­port­edly some­how trans­ferred to a com­pany con­trolled by Chin­guno.

He al­legedly sub­di­vided the land and told peo­ple to pay monthly pre­mi­ums to se­cure own­er­ship of de­vel­oped stands.

How­ever, it ap­pears lit­tle ac­tual de­vel­op­ments were done on the land, prompt­ing the po­lice re­ports.

Yes­ter­day, Cde Chin­guno said the al­le­ga­tions were po­lit­i­cal,

and that he used some of the money to pay for sur­vey­ing, grad­ing of roads and peg­ging of stands. He said part of the money was used to pay for tuck sur­vey, grad­ing of roads and peg­ging of stands.

“We can­not cre­ate a squat­ter camp; we can’t al­lo­cate stands with­out wa­ter con­nec­tion, that will be a recipe for dis­as­ter,” said Cde Chin­guno.

It is un­der­stood a po­lice re­port was made on October 16, 2017 ef­fec­tively putting paid to claims by Cde Chin­guno that he was be­ing vic­timised by un­named peo­ple for hav­ing den­i­grated Vice-Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa via the pri­vate me­dia around October 19/20.

The Zanu-PF probe team - com­pris­ing Cdes Tungami­rai Mu­ton­hodza (na­tional youth sec­re­tary for se­cu­rity), Blessed Ziome, Nqo­bile Ndlovu, Letwin Dom­bodzvuku and Vi­dah Garakasha - was at Checheche Pri­mary School yes­ter­day and met scores of peo­ple who pre­sented doc­u­men­tary ev­i­dence to but­tress al­le­ga­tions against Cde Chin­guno.

Cde Mu­ton­hodza said, “We are col­lect­ing the ev­i­dence and by Novem­ber 15, we must be done.”

Pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions in­di­cate that when Cde Chin­guno was “il­le­gally” al­lo­cated about 300 hectares of land in Chipinge, he en­gaged his brother, Mr Mun­yapi Chin­guno, and the brother’s wife to run an of­fice that took in­di­vid­ual monthly subscriptions of be­tween US$10 and US$50 from home-seek­ers. Some of the money was al­legedly de­posited in a bank ac­count held by a close rel­a­tive of Cde Chin­guno.

In­di­ca­tions are that Cde Chin­guno - with­out con­sent - reg­is­tered some Zanu-PF youths as part of the com­pany.

Zim­babwe Teach­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mrs Prisca Matanga said the or­gan­i­sa­tion wanted to get 400 stands and mem­bers had forked out US$50 each per month to this end.

“We have 100 mem­bers who are fully paid up but we are fail­ing to get the stands,” she said.

Zanu-PF Chipinge Ward 21 chair Cde Lindiwe Mu­chon­goda said Cde Chin­guno had charged peo­ple US$5 each for sta­tion­ary used for ad­min­is­tra­tive pur­poses when he had bought it for less than US33c. Cde Zi­vai Chandiya of Ward 6 ac­cused Cde Chin­guno of fail­ing to ad­dress youths’ griev­ances.

Among other youths who raised com­plaints against Cde Chin­guno at yes­ter­day’s meet­ing were Cdes Dou­glas Mlambo, Elisha Mand­hazi, Dakarai Ma­tongo, Pamela Waeni, Trust Dun­guni, Ton­derai Ng­wendu, Joyce Muyambo and Me­mory Baiwa. Emo­tions are run­ning high around the con­tentious land as six peo­ple died in Septem­ber 2016 while com­ing from the launch of the hous­ing pro­gramme at Gaza Sta­dium.

The six - who were de­clared dis­trict he­roes - are Cdes Peter Ndlovu, Jimmy Hlet­siwa, Phe­nias Kazende, Dou­glas Mashava, Tawengwa Zimhira and Driver Mu­rambo. Their wid­ows yes­ter­day also had no kind words for Cde Chin­guno.

In­for­ma­tion reach­ing The Sun­day Mail is that Cde Chin­guno may have bought a lodge in Chi­man­i­mani and a Toy­ota Land­cruiser us­ing loot from the stands.

It is fur­ther said a se­nior Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial is try­ing to al­lo­cate more land to Cde Chin­guno in Sabi so that he can ac­com­mo­date those peo­ple he al­legedly swin­dled in Chipinge.

“The idea to de­velop a hous­ing project was no­ble but the prob­lem is Chin­guno and com­pany took ad­van­tage of des­per­ate youths. The greedy ones are swin­dling the help­less youths. This dam­ages the im­age of the party,” said a party of­fi­cial.

“Th­ese peo­ple who are pre­tend­ing to be bona fide Zanu-PF of­fi­cials are just out to make money. Why steal from the pub­lic. Some­one must be held ac­count­able.”

Ap­proached for com­ment yes­ter­day, Zanu-PF Na­tional Sec­re­tary for Youth Af­fairs Cde Kudzanai Chipanga was not forth­com­ing, sim­ply say­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions were in progress. Pre­sented with the pre­lim­i­nary find­ings of the probe, he said: “We made a col­lec­tive de­ci­sion as the top 10 of the Youth League to launch an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­le­ga­tions. Cde Chin­guno will be given the op­por­tu­nity to present his side of the story and af­ter that we will map a way for­ward. So why not wait un­til the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is com­plete?”

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