Harare town planner arrested

By Winstone Antonio

Police in Harare have arrested Harare City Council town planner Priscilla Charumbira on allegations of criminal abuse of office.

Charumbira, who is wife to president of the Chief’ Council Fortune Charumbira, is alleged to have irregularly changed land use plan for open spaces in Sunningdale and along Samora Machel Avenue and allocated the land to acolytes and friends at the expense of the public.

The lane in Sunningdale was bought by Metro Peech wholesale while service stations were set up on land along Samora Michel without change of land use from the Local Government and Public Works ministry sometime in 2016.

The Sunningdale land was reserved for recreational facilities, but was unprocedurally turned into a commercial zone. Charumbira was also accused of unprocedurally allocating an open space opposite Harare Quarry to one Chisvo.

Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said Charumbira will appear in court ‘soon’.

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