Helen Kadirire 10 November 2017
HARARE – Harare City Council (HCC) wants know how much land Zanu PF
provincial commissar Shadreck Mashayamombe owns and leases in the capital as part of its wider investigations into the land allocations in the
Mashayamombe is also MP for Harare South constituency which was once a
subject of focus by both government and the HCC after residents were
engaged in disputes with private developers.
Councillors, in their finance and development committee minutes, pushed
for an investigation after Mashayamombe had requested to be allocated
stand number 40667 Harare Township.
“The committee discussed the matter raising concern that the applicant had
been allocated other pieces of land by council and proceeded to defer
consideration of the matter pending submission by the finance director of
a status report with information of other pieces of land that had been
allocated to the applicant,” read part of the minutes.
Councillors also said Mashayamombe was already leasing two properties, one
commercial and another as an office in the city centre.
Mashayamombe has denied the allegations.
“I have never sold land to anyone illegally. All these people who speak
badly of me simply want to tarnish my image,” he said.
Mashayamombe has in the past been accused of being a land baron in his
Harare South constituency and other parts of the city while using his Zanu
PF party card.
During a full council meeting in 2016, councillors accused Mashayamombe of illegally parcelling out land as a vote-buying trick.