via Bulawayo City Council in land row – The Zimbabwean 29 July 2015
The Matabeleland chapter of the Affirmative Action Group (AAG) has accused the Bulawayo City Council of corruption following its recent decision to sell 3, 5 hectares of land to deputy mayor Gift Banda.
According to council’s latest minutes, Banda applied for permission to purchase a portion of idle land between Ascot Flats and the United Bulawayo Hospitals in order to construct town houses for middle to high income earners.
“That stand 18827 Bulawayo Township measuring 3,5 hectares as depicted on TPA 8269 be sold to Mr Gift Banda at a selling price of $130,000 for the established of town houses,” reads part of the report.
“We are greatly concerned about the apparent acts of corruption in the city council, which seem to be perpetrated by both council executives and councillors in favour of individuals within council. There have been numerous reports on the awarding of property located in Ascot to the same Cllr Gift Banda. Please advise us on the procedure through which this award was given, granting that there were no advertisements done of the same in the press,” reads part of letter, which was copied to Bulawayo Mayor Martin Moyo and Eunice Moyo, the minister of state for Bulawayo province.