Mugabe Blasts Kasukuwere For "Stealing" Land Reserved For Zanu PF Youths

Mugabe Blasts Kasukuwere For
Published: 2016 September 08 07:37:09 (2405 Views)

PRESIDENT Mugabe yesterday took Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Saviour Kasukuwere to task for reportedly selling land earmarked for youths housing to Prophet Walter Magaya and political bigwigs.
This comes a few weeks after Mugabe availed 1 000 hectares of land for residential development to youths in Harare to prop up his support base ahead of watershed 2018 elections. 
Youths, according to the State press have reportedly been muscled out of the project with most of the land going to Prophet Magaya and shelf companies belonging to political bigwigs, among them Minister Kasukuwere's cronies.
President Mugabe, who a few days ago at the National Youth Assembly meeting in Harare slammed corrupt allocation of residential land, yesterday took Minister Kasukuwere to task over the shenanigans.
"How is the issue of stands going?" Mugabe reportedly asked before the start of the Politburo meeting.
Kasukuwere responded: "No shefu. They had nothing to write. There is nothing like that. I am the responsible Minister and nothing like that happened."
Not convinced, Mugabe retorted: "No, No, I understand you sold them to Magaya. You sold them, you sold them", Mugabe who spoke in his native Shona language fumed.
Government, which is targeting 300 000 units by 2018, has launched a national housing programme to provide housing for all with particular attention to youths. The land where alleged corruption has erupted is at Chishawasha B farm where youths were allocated 300ha of the 2 848,77ha that lies along Arcturus Road.
The offer, according to sources, had been withdrawn under unclear circumstances amid reports that some bigwigs were using shelf companies to mask their allocations. It is understood that some of these firms are linked to Cdes Betty Kaseke, Sarah Mahoka, Innocent Hamandishe and Shadreck Mashayamombe.





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