Councillors move to have Chombo arrested

Harare city councillors have filed a fraud case against Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo to the police’s Serious Fraud division for alleged illegal acquisition of land in the capital.

The report was made to the fraud division on Thursday and copied to the Officer Commanding CID (ER number 09/2011). In the report, the councillors accuse Chombo of having fraudulently acquired and disposed of Sub-Division K of Nthaba in Glen Lorne.

“We have evidence to believe that Minister Chombo connived with his ministry and Harare City Council officials to sell the Sub-Division K of Nthaba in Glen Lorne to a Mr Alois Chimeri,” reads the report in part.

“This stand belongs to the City of Harare by virtue of a 08-10-1973 endorsement on title deed number 3662/1954,” wrote Councillor Casper Takura.

“We believe on good grounds that minister Chombo connived with housing director Psychology Chiwanga who tried to assist Chombo by claiming that minister Chombo was sold this stand on 1 January 1997,” wrote Takura.

This is yet another episode in the drama pitting Chombo and the Harare city fathers who appear to have refused to be intimidated by the minister.

Chombo was reported to the police again last year after he was implicated in a scam involving huge tracts of land belonging to the city council.

The city adopted the 54-page report produced by the ad hoc land investigating committee in 2009.

That was the beginning of a battle that has taken many twists and turns and made newspaper headlines for the better part of last year.

Chombo has however insisted whatever he has done as a minister, was above board.

He recently threatened to “deal” with Harare city fathers whom he charged were ignorant of the Urban Councils Act.

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