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Director suspended over stands scam

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KADOMA — The City of Kadoma has sent its housing and community services director on forced leave to pave way for a full-scale probe into alleged unprocedural sale of housing stands.

The scam could have prejudiced the council of thousands of dollars in potential revenue.

Kadoma mayor Councillor Peter Matambo yesterday confirmed that the top official, Joel Madzivanyika — who has since appeared in court for allegedly swindling council of $3 500 in a land deal — is on forced leave without pay and benefits.

The mayor said Madzivanyika’s case could be a tip of the iceberg of shady deals and corruption in the housing directorate.

“Council requested the housing director to go on forced leave so that investigations into the sale of stands is done to establish the extent of prejudice on the part of council.

“We noted that one case involving the $3 500 that exposed Madzvivanyika could be a sign that all was not well in the department, therefore we had to cast the net wider.

“A forensic investigation would do us justice,” Matambo told NewsDay yesterday.

Madzivanyika has surrendered his official vehicle and was instructed not to visit Town House until the probe is completed, the mayor said.

Madzvivanyika (43) and co-accused Paradzayi Chipiringo (35) allegedly connived to acquire and sell stand number 5921 Mornington, Kadoma, without following normal council procedures before pocketing $3 500.

They appeared last week for routine remand before magistrate Takawira Mugabe facing two counts of contravening sections 136 and 174 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23, fraud and criminal abuse of public office respectively.

The pair was remanded to November 21on $200 bail each.

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