HARARE-- President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe has sworn in the members of a commission of inquiry to investigate the sale of State land in and around urban areas since 2005.
Led by Justice Tendai Uchena, the commission was appointed in September last year by former President Robert Mugabe but had not yet been sworn in. It was set up under section 2 (1) of the Commissions of Inquiry Act which empowers the President to take such a step when he considers it advisable.
Other members of the commission are Andrew Mlalazi, Stephen Chakaipa, Dr Tarisai Mutangi, Dr Heather Chin'ono and Petronella Musarurwa.
Its terms of reference include investigating and identifying all State land in and around urban areas which was acquired and allocated to the Ministry of Local Government, Ministry of Public Works and Ministry of National Housing for urban development since 2005.
The commission is also expected to investigate methods of acquisition and or allocation by current occupants and owners of such land and identifying and ascertaining the actors involved in allocation, occupation or its use.
(The commission is expected) to investigate and ascertain the status of such land in terms of ownership, occupation and development, President Mnangagwa said.
It is also expected to conduct visitations where necessary, summon witnesses, record proceedings, minute testimonies and document, consider and manage all information gathered in order to arrive at appropriate
findings and recommendations to the President.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK