MUTARE town clerk, Joshua Maligwa has sprung to the defence of Zanu PF’s Mutasa South legislator, Irene Zindi, who is accused of grabbing a council house and corruptly acquiring title deeds for the property.
BY KENNETH NYANGANI
This came after some councillors accused Zindi of grabbing a council house when she served as one of the commissioners running Mutare City Council following the dismissal of the entire MDC-T-led council, fronted by the late Misheck Kagurabadza, a few years back.
Maligwa, at a recent full council meeting, said he had gone through the documents and discovered that the transaction was above board.
“The truth of the matter, as far as our investigations (sic), is that we have a reputable lawyer of 20 years (chamber secretary Cephas Vhuta), and I think everything was done above board after we perused the documents. Unless, councillor, Chrispen Dube, you are 100% sure that the previous administration of Obert Muzawazi (former town clerk) doctored the minutes,” he said.
“Ordinarily, the issue was not of ownership. When the issue was referred to the (public works) committee sometime ago, it was relating to change of ownership.
“I know that some of you want the documents. The documents will be printed for you, but my duty is to give you correct information. Let’s not build mistrust among ourselves.”
Dube demanded that the documents relating to the disputed property be made available to all councillors, so they could independently verify if the transaction was above board, as claimed by Maligwa.
Zindi has already dismissed the allegations, accusing the councillors of politicising the matter.