Councillors report corrupt Chombo to police

HARARE,- City councillors on Thursday reported the Minister of Local Government Ignatius Chombo to the police on allegations of defrauding the council of prime land in Harare.\r\n

The councillors who were suspended recently by the ministry filed the report (Case Number ER -09/2011) at the Harare Central Police
Station imploring the police to investigate charges that Chombo fraudulently acquired and disposed Sub-Division K of Nthaba in Glen Lorne.

"We have evidence to believe that Minister Chombo connived with his Ministry and Harare City Council officials to sell the Sub – Division K of Nthaba in Glen Lorne to a Mr Alois Chimeri. This stand belongs to the City of Harare by virtue of a 08-10-1973 endorsement on title deed number 3662/1954," wrote Councillor Casper Takura in a letter addressed to Officer Commanding Harare Central Investigations Department.

"When Minister Chombo sold this land he had no agreement of sale between him and the City." The councillors said the "lease to buy agreement " that Chombo produced as evidence of the transaction has many flaws some of which include a wrong government date stamp, concort facts, forged documents and signatures.

"We believe on good grounds that Minister Chombo connived with Psychology Chiwanga who tried to assist Chombo by claiming that Minister Chombo was sold this stand on 1 January 1997," wrote Takura. "We also believe that there is further connivance between Minister Chombo and ZIMRA officials – Theresa Chenjerai and Elias Fototo in obtaining a Capital Tax Gains Clearence Certificate.

We also believe that Chombo abused his office because the majority of the documents were generated during his tenure as Minister of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development and his use of Ministry officials for his personal service."

Takura is part of the seven councillors who were recently fired from Harare City Council on allegations of misusing council funds. The councillors however maintain that their expulsion had nothing to do with any council funds but their investigative work into how Chombo used his position over the years to acquire vast tracts of council land in the capital.

Chombo already stands accused of fraudulently acquiring housing stands, businesses and houses around the country using his position as the Minister of Local Government. His wife Marian exposed his dealings in court papers during hearings of a divorce case last year.