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MABVUKU-TAFARA District Administrator on Thursday appeared before the Harare magistrates’ courts being charged with ten counts of Criminal abuse of office.

Carlson Matafare, 52, pleaded not guilty to the charges when he appeared before magistrate, Milton Serima and was released on $100 bail.

It is alleged that Matafare, intentionally and unlawfully, in his capacity as DA, allocated at least 23 000 stands at Caledonia Farm contrary to his duties.

It is assumed that the allocation of stands in phases 1, 2 and 3 were delegated by local government ministry to the governor’s office, the late David Karimanzira.

After all the stands in these phases were allocated by the ministry Harare City Council ended the planning activity at Caledonia.

Thereafter, people started forming cooperatives and housing trusts, and land developers.

They then approached Matafare as well as the DA for Goromonzi district and were given offer letters.

Matafare also wrote letters to Plan Afric instructing the company to do the planning of the land into residential stands, which was not part of their mandate.

According to the outcome of February 2015 investigating report conducted by the ministry on Caledonia, these letters from the DA were written without authority from their superiors and without the knowledge of relevant departments of the ministry which includes department of physical and urban state lands.

The DAs also did this without the involvement of Harare city council which is the local planning authority in this case.

These cooperatives and housing trusts contracted Plan Afric who did the planning from phase 4 to 20. They also illegally planned stands which had been left for schools, open spaces, roads, electricity servitudes and wetlands, which they converted into residential stands in phases 1 to 3.

As a result, at least 23 000 illegal stands were sold to desperate home seekers.

Source : New Zimbabwe