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Audio: Swindling housing co-op leader handed over to police


A HARARE housing co-operatives’ consortium leader who allegedly swindled several unsuspicious home-seekers of large sums of money in botched residential stands deals in Goromonzi and Ruwa was arrested yesterday as government tightened its screws on suspected land barons.


Caledonia Eastville Housing Development Consortium chairperson Nelson Mandizvidza was handed over to the police by the Local Government, Public Works and National Housing ministry after he was implicated in several shady land deals in Goromonzi.

Acting secretary for the ministry Joseph Mhakayakora told journalists yesterday that Mandizvidza faced several counts of fraud.

“Mandizvidza has been handed over to the police,” Mhakayakora said.

Listen to Joseph Mhakayakora speaking below:

“The police will look into the issue on his abuse of people’s money and how the people were duped. Other people will also be called by the police in due course to answer if they had a hand in duping people their money.”

Mhakayakora said it was illegal for co-operative leaders to sell State land as was believed to have happened in Goromonzi.

“There is no one with the authority of taking State land and charging people for it. The land is for the State and it is managed here at the State Land Office or we give that responsibility to the local authority, in this case Goromonzi Rural Council or Ruwa Local Board.

“Any person taking money as a land baron taking money fraudulently from people will face the full wrath of the law. There will be no sacred cows,” Mhakayakora said.

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