Marondera council in fresh land row

BY JAIROS SAUNYAMA

Marondera town councillors have directed management to rescind its move to award a chunk of land to a private developer who had encroached into the local authority’s territory.

At a full council meeting held recently, the councillors said the past council erred in allowing Swandev to take over council’s land hence the reversal of the deal.

Ward 11 councillor Saizi Vilela (MDC) said the developer must be reported to the police since he acted illegally.

“The developer encroached into council’s land and that is theft. We are against the move by the previous council to sleep on the matter and allow Swandev to pay a little amount of money to council,” he said.

“There is need to follow procedures, the developer must be taken to court. For now, we need to rescind the decision to allow Swandev to pay for the land after the encroachment.”

It was then resolved that a full council meeting be held to decisively deal with the matter.

Marondera mayor Chengetai Murowa yesterday told NewsDay that the matter was now before the courts.

“There is need for transparency, the majority of councillors want the decision to give Swandev the land be rescinded. We have numbers to effect the reversal of the shady deal. Currently, the matter is before the courts and was postponed to July 22 since the town clerk (Josiah Musuwo) is on his annual leave,” he said.

The land wrangle is longstanding with the land developer claiming that everything it did was above board, thereby rubbishing off claims of theft.

The company claims it was given the land by the Local Government ministry under a swap deal for the money it was owed for developing houses under the Garikai/Hlalani Kuhle scheme.

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