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Former Masvingo Ward 8 Councillor Misheck Gapare (MDC-T) allegedly acquired over 50 residential stands meant for fellow former councillors and illegally parcelled them out to his relatives and associates. Mr Gapare allegedly sold some of the stands after misleading the Masvingo Housing Consortium that he was acting on behalf of councillors in the previous MDC-T dominated council.

Masvingo Housing Consortium, which is developing over 5 000 stands on Victoria Ranch, last year made a special allocation of stands to city councillors and staff.

However, Mr Gapare allegedly received several stands but never handed them over to his colleagues.

The matter came to light late last year when some former councillors followed up with the Masvingo Housing Consortium on their allocations.

The stands will soon be repossessed, but some people had started developing them after buying from Mr Gapare.

Masvingo mayor Councillor Hubert Fidze said council was yet to get full details on the issue.

Masvingo Housing Consortium chairman Mr Wellington Mahwende said they allocated the stands through Mr Gapare.

“We discovered that the person (Mr Gapare) who purported to represent council never handed over the stands,” he said.

Mr Mahwende said Mr Gapare will have to deal with the people who bought stands from him.

“We only want the stands to be given to the rightful owners and we are not worried about people who bought them from Mr Gapare, they will have to sort themselves out,” he said.

This is not the first time that Mr Gapare has been involved in a scam involving stands.

The council is investigating circumstances around the allocation of a residential stand to his then eight-year-old son in 2002, which was then sold on the black market.

Source : The Herald