Presidential Chief of staff Misheck Sibanda fingered in mining wrangle
- Sibanda wrote a letter to mines minister urging him to cancel grant of previous owner
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Chief of Staff, Misheck Sibanda is embroiled in a corruption storm after he allegedly influenced Mines minister Winston Chitando to give a special grant to a war veteran and a former workmate Cynthia Maadza, Zim Morning Post can report.
Zim Morning Post is in possession of a letter authored by Sibanda to Chitando with an intention to influence the granting of a special grant to Maadza.
“I am referring to you Ms Cynthia Lindani Maadza, a war veteran who is the owner of subdivision 1 of Sussexdale Farm in Goromonzi. She was offered the said farms measuring 57.20 hectares for agricultural purposes on October 9 2015,” Sibanda wrote.
In the letter, Sibanda alleges that Maadza was experiencing persistent invasion of her farm by gold panners in particular Muckma Mining Syndicate and Quicklink Investments – who are also claiming ownership of same.
Maadza is allegedly trying to use her political influence to grab a mine through an offer letter granted by the Ministry of Land for agricultural purposes in 2015 and later applied for a special grant.
However, the land in question is said to have been allocated to other beneficiaries and Maadza is using her proximity to Sibanda to displace the rightful owners.
Victims of the land dispute are accusing Sibanda of trying to interfere in an ongoing investigation.
Mines minister Chitando went on to cancel the grant.
“The acting Provincial Mining Director misdirected herself that the appellant needed consent in terms of Section 31 (1) (a) (iv) of the Mine and Minerals Act (Chapter 21.05) Because appellant pegged its blocks before the landholder Cynthia Maadza was given title to the land in question,” read a letter by Chitando.
This is not the first time Maadza has tried to use her influential position to grab the farm, she was once involved in a dispute with army officials in 2016.
Sibanda could not be reached for comment at the time of writing.
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