Harare Council financial director linked to land scandal resigns

chomboHARARE - A Harare City Council employee implicated in the land scandal, involving Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo (pictured) and business tycoon Philip Chiyangwa, has resigned.

The city council finance director Cosmas Zvikaramba last week tendered his resignation on the grounds that he was no wanted at the council.

Chamber Secretary Josephine Ncube declined to comment on the matter referring all questions to city council public relations manager Leslie Gwindi.

Sorry I cant give you a comment but you can get that confirmation from Mr Gwindi because he is the public relations manager, said Ncube.

Gwindi was not immediately available for comment.

But Budiriro councillor Panganai Charumbira said Zvikaramba tendered his resignation last Tuesday citing constructive dismissal as the main reason he was leaving council.

Its true Zvikaramba resigned this week because he said he felt that he was being sidelined. From my understanding Zvikaramba wants to sue the council and pursue his case through the courts, said Charumbira.

Zvikaramba is being accused of helping Chiyangwa get vast tracts of land before the businessman had paid council its rates that would have been paid before transferring land.

Police spokesperson Wayne Bvuzijena last month confirmed that they were investigating a report made by then council acting mayor Charity Bango of fraud involving council employees Zvikaramba and Psychology Chiwanga who allegedly connived to sell Chiyangwa Odar Farm To Philip Chiyangwa On September 2, 2009.

Chiwanga is the director of urban planning in the Harare City Council. Bango on an acting capacity last month made a report to the police, IRnumber 040725/10 over the alleged land scandal and handed over a special investigations report that was tabled before the council but no arrest had been made so far.

The committee has recommended that Chiyangwa And Chombo be arrested for irregularly acquiring land in the capital.

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