Harare land scam: Acting Housing director arrested

Harare land scam: Acting Housing director arrested

The Acting Harare City Council (HCC) Housing Director Fani Machipisa has been arrested by the Special Anti-Corruption Unit (SACU), the Zim Morning Post has heard.

Machipisa replaced substantive HCC housing director Eddmore Nhekairo following the latter’s arrest and suspension at the instigation of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) in June this year.

Nhekairo’s arrest and eventual suspension came after he was accused of impropriety involving the sale of Harare metropolitan land.

Efforts by this publication to obtain a response from Thabani Mpofu, head of the prosecution department in SACU concerning Machipisa’s arrest drew a blank.

Reached for comment Harare Mayor, Jacob Mafume, said

“They have not advised us as yet. But I think it’s to do with some co-operative,” he said, adding:

“They said he instructed a grader to stop working (at the site of the housing co-operative in question).”

It is not yet clear as to why such an act would constitute an offence.

The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) spokesperson, John Makamure, could not shed light on the matter.

“I have no idea. Find out from SACU,” he said.

Zim Morning Post also tried to get clarification on the arrest by SACU of Machipisa from a Harare councillor (name withheld).

“This is an absolutely complicated matter. At the moment, no one fully understands why the arrest has been made. Talk to me later for more details.”

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