Mugabe orders Chiyangwa to surrender Harare land

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Flamboyant Harare businessman Phillip Chiyangwa has been ordered by President Robert Mugabe, to surrender the large tracts of land he had acquired in Harare.

Mugabe through Lands and Rural Resettlement minister Herbert Murerwa on, Monday gazetted 586 hectares of land belonging to Chiyangwa’s property company Pinnacle Holdings.

According to the government gazette of March 8, government has taken the land for urban development in Harare.

Lands minister Herbert Murerwa said in the notice that should Pinnacle Property wish to object to the proposed compulsory acquisition and wishes to claim compensation, it must lodge a complaint to his offices before April 5.

Besides Pinnacle property, Murerwa also compulsorily acquired 605 hectares of land owned by the Zimbabwe Tobacco Association (ZTA) and 193 hectares owned by Jetmaster Properties which will also be used for housing purposes in Harare.

Meanwhile the Harare City Council (HCC) has set up a committee to investigate Chiyangwa’s acquisition of more land around the capital city.

There are suspicions that the business mogul could have acquired the properties irregularly.

The HCC committee which is chaired by councillor Warship Dumba has reportedly completed its investigations into Pinnacle Holdings which owns several housing stands and developed properties in and around Harare and will soon table its report before council.

Chiyangwa is also embroiled in more land disputes with the Chinhoyi Municipality which claims the tycoon has breached a lease agreement that he entered to with the council for his occupation of a farm.

Chiyangwa is said to have refused to pay rentals.

The controversial businessman has told NewsDay in previous interviews that he was not obliged to pay anything for the farm because he was given it by Zanu PF.