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Zanu PF official in housing stands scandal

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KADOMA — A senior Zanu PF official in Mashonaland West is reportedly being investigated by police for selling residential stands to multiple buyers.

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According to sources, Zanu PF Mashonaland West deputy economic affairs secretary Simon Solomon, who is chairman of Pixie Combe Housing Scheme, allegedly sold the stands to multiple homeseekers and pocketed the money.

The alleged scam, sources said, has seen at least 115 stands, both commercial and residential, being illegally repossessed before being disposed of to other unsuspecting prospective buyers.

Solomon declined to comment over the issue.

“Why are you forcing me to have an interview with you?” he charged before cutting off his mobile phone.

Some of the affected stand owners said they bought their properties in 2006 at the inception of the housing scheme and had religiously paid monthly instalments, but had their stands illegally repossessed before being sold to other clients.

Some stands were sold to at least three individuals, sources said.

“There are shady deals being conducted by this clique of Zanu PF members who are abusing Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo’s name to push their illegal deals. There are double allocations and at times three or four people on one stand. It’s chaotic! I have since reported my case at the CID,” said an affected home-seeker.

Efforts to get comment from Mashonaland West provincial police spokesperson Inspector Clemence Mabgweazara were fruitless.

It could not be immediately established where the committee was deriving its power and authority to repossess and resell stands.

In one such case, Ennie Mahemu dragged Kadoma City Council and Pixie Combe Housing Scheme, cited as first and second respondents respectively (case Number CGK36/15), to the civil court seeking an interdict against the defendants from transferring ownership of stand 46 after it was repossessed and sold to another client.

Another litigant, Raviro Gondo of stand 1339, recently won a civil battle at Kadoma Magistrates’ Court against Sekai Ambrose who was illegally occupying the stand under dubious circumstances. It is believed Solomon sold her the property.

Several other complainants are reportedly lining up to report their cases to the police while others are processing requisite papers to mount legal challenges to contest the illegal repossession and sale of their properties by the Zanu PF stalwart.

The scheme, with over 2 500 stands, was originally administered by Kadoma City Council, but later controversially handed over to the Zanu PF-led committee in 2011.

Efforts to get comment from Kadoma town clerk Malvern Dondo were fruitless yesterday.

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