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Kwekwe councillor in soup over stands


KWEKWE — Police have completed investigations into allegations of fraud and theft against MDC-T councillor Johannes Ngozo, fingered in a stands scam and are set to take him to court anytime from now.

Ngozo is alleged to have fleeced home seekers a total of $10 064 in a scam involving repossessed stands in Mbizo 15.

Mayor Shadreck Tobaiwa was fuming on Wednesday this week and has threatened to deal decisively with Ngozo if the allegations of corruption against him were proved to be true.

“We will not tolerate such corrupt tendencies from councillors or anyone within the local authority.

Corruption is our number one enemy and if Ngozo did the things he is accused of having done, we are going to deal with him,” said Tobaiwa
According to a police docket, between May and August this year, Ngozo fleeced Tinashe Sadaya of $2 732, Aribino Nicholas of $900, Tabeth Murega of $2 832 and Sampson Murume of
$1 800 after he allegedly sold them stands unprocedurally.

Council is reported to have asked councillors to identify deserving recipients from their wards whose names would then be forwarded to the Housing and Community Services Department so they could be offered to buy the repossessed stands.

Instead, Ngozo, who chairs the committee, demanded to be paid huge sums of money in return for the stands which he claimed to be his according to Sadya, one of those fleeced in the deal.

Ngozo, in an attempt to avoid prosecution, then allegedly pleaded with the five to withdraw the case and offered to pay them back. He reportedly went on to sign affidavits acknowledging that he owed complainants and offered a payment plan to settle the debt.

Police have since taken the affidavits and will present them before the courts as evidence against Ngozo.

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