Zacc probes Grace Mugabe’s land grab

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Mrs Mugabe

Zvamaida Murwira

Senior Reporter

FORMER First Lady Grace Mugabe and a group of her associates are coming under investigation from anti-corruption authorities following complaints that they grabbed residential stands worth US$10 million without paying from an upmarket development on State land in Borrowdale.

Arosume Property Development (Pvt) Limited were appointed as developers for the land on Carrick Creagh Estate allocated to Sally Mugabe Housing Cooperative in 2005 and have now lodged complaints with the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission and the Special Anti-Corruption Unit in the President’s Office.

They allege that the former First Lady Grace Mugabe and then Local Government, Public Works and Urban Development Minister Ignatious Chombo used their political clout to transfer stands from the development to companies they controlled without paying for that land.

Zacc spokesperson, Commissioner John Makamure said the commission would investigate all reported cases of corruption without fear or favour, including the Carrick Creagh Estate.

“We are dealing with all suspected cases of corruption that have either been reported to us, that have appeared in the media or even on social media. We are determined to allow the law to take its course,” he said.

According to a letter filed with Zacc, Grace Mugabe and Dr Chombo are accused of using undue influence.

“A tripartite agreement was thus entered into between the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and Urban Development, Arosume Property Development (Pvt) Ltd and the Sally Mugabe Housing Cooperative. The object of the tripartite agreement is the development of upmarket residential stands of varying sizes at Carrick Creagh Estate, Borrowdale, Harare. To this end the ministry contributed land owned by the state whilst Arosume Property Development was tasked with the development of the area,” read the papers.

The agreement came with some regulatory and policy arrangements, such as the standard 20 percent of the land to be reserved as Government commonage as required on all developments where State land is privately developed. 

The developer negotiated that 50 undeveloped stands be transferred to Arosume before work started, due the risks involved in the scheme. But the bulk of development costs and profits would come when the stands were sold.

But Arosume now alleges that some with political clout unprocedurally grabbed land from original beneficiaries and transferred the properties into companies and individual names without paying for them, reads the complaint, naming former First Lady Grace Mugabe and former Minister Ignatius Chombo.

It is alleged that former First Lady Grace Mugabe transferred to companies under the directorship of two of her children, Bona and Robert Mugabe Jnr, seven stands totalling just under 10,2ha.

Companies and individuals associated with the First family that benefited include Farai Olivia Mushonganyika who obtained land worth US$364 000 without paying, Junior Gumbochuma for land worth US$544 000 (1,2ha), Penking Investment for land of US$812 000 and Montshow Investments for land of US$1,9 million.

One of the names appearing on the list is former MDC legislator Timothy Mubhawu, who is alleged to have received land worth US$432 000.

Former Cabinet minister Chombo is alleged to have grabbed land worth almost US$1 million with three stands totalling 2,2ha allocated to three firms including Comverol Enterprises and Cavford Trading.

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    Ndonga 1 month ago

    Bla, bla we have heard and read all these threats before.
    This is ZANU PF as is their usual using The Herald to terrorize its enemies. (Not that they don’t well deserve a good bit of terror!)
    But be sure, when Zimbabwe has a real government it will find real people with a real will and real knowledge on how to investigate Fraud cases.
    Then all, yes, all these thieving culprits will be in jail where they belong.
    Just think of the fun we will have seeing Greedy Grace and Anxious Auxilla in the same Chikurubi cell…with more than 25 others of course.
    “Sister Gracie please pass me the toilet paper”. “Sorry Sister Auxie it’s been out for a month already”.

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      Fallenz 1 month ago

      Nice dreams have you, Ndonga.  I, too, enjoy my own such fanciful notions.  Unfortunately, ZANUPF is well aware of such dreams becoming reality when a “real (legitimate) government” is installed… and that is why they will use every detestable means and fight tooth and nail (literally, if necessary), to avoid the possibility of such a government being in control.

      In my dreams, that government of integrity gains full control, and I see a characture scene of the entire ZANUPF government and their cabal horrified, rushing in full panic to the hills and mountains in search of caves in which to hide.  Behind them is a trail of US$ bills falling from their pockets and out of their shirts and over-stuffed briefcases… and the common people gleefully following along gathering up the money stolen from them.  A delightful dream, indeed, and I wake up smiling.  😁

      Oh well… it’s just a dream… BUT, dreams are possible.  Keep dreaming, Ndonga… keep dreaming.