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Net closes in on Chombo


The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) has moved in to investigate allegations of corruption and abuse of office involving Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo in which businessman Phillip Chiyangwa reportedly illegally acquired vast tracts of land in and around Harare.

Harare mayor Muchadeyi Masunda confirmed meeting ZACC senior officials at Town House on Monday for a briefing as investigations into the graft allegations widened.

Masunda said: “Two senior officials from the Anti-Corruption Commission came to Town House for a meeting with me looking at issues to do with corruption and abuse of office arising out of that land audit and that is why I gave them the background to it. I had a productive meeting with them and anyone caught on the wrong side of the law will have to face the music.”

He said council had also appointed a new team to look into the corruption issues raised in the 54-page report by the ad hoc committee.

The team is made up of former Public Service commissioner Sarah Kachingwe, Retired Supreme Court Judge, Justice Ahmed Ebrahim, John Reid-Rowland, and councillors Stewart Mutizwa, Lancelot Mudavanhu and Tariro Chikumbirike.

They will continue from where former chairman of the ad hoc land investigation committee Warship Dumba and his team left.

Masunda said the team would be working on its own as it had a different mandate from that of ZACC.

An MDC-T team set up to probe local authorities also had a meeting with Masunda last week and tasked him to give them a comprehensive report on service delivery.

The team is headed by the party deputy secretary-general Tapiwa Mashakada and has Sesel Zvidzai (MDC-T secretary for local government) and Seiso Moyo, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, as members.

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