Chipangano cost Mbare residents new houses

A US$5 million dollar housing scheme that would have seen new housing units being built for the poor in Mbare has now been moved to Dzivarasekwa, after the notorious ZANU PF Chipangano gang demanded 51 percent of the houses.


The project which would have seen the Harare City Council rehabilitating the dilapidated Matapi Flats in Mbare was made possible via a donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Microsoft founder and his wife are also sponsoring similar projects in Malawi and Angola.

Harare Mayor Muchadeyi Masunda recently admitted they had to move the project to Dzivaresekwa because they risked losing out on the funding if they gave in to Chipangano’s outrageous demands.

Speaking to SW Radio Africa on Monday, the Director of the Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA), Mfundo Mlilo, said they have previously warned of the “progressive militarisation and zanuisation of public facilities spearheaded by Chipangano.” He said the youths were hiding under the ZANU PF ‘empowerment’ agenda and ‘accessing resources illegally.’

Mlilo said they estimate Chipangano are raking in over US$30,000 per day by charging ‘ranking fees’ at bus terminuses in central Harare and other parts of the city. The mobs have also taken over several council markets like Siyaso and Mupedzanhamo, charging vendors extortionate amounts in fees.

Chipangano have also taken over a council building, Carter House, in Mbare, and the council has been threatened into silence over the matter. SW Radio Africa understands the building has now been turned into a terror base for the group.

Underlying their impunity, the youths earlier this year rampaged through Town House, in full view of police officers, and beat up council employees. The same mob invaded Parliament, beating up MP’s and journalists, but no arrests were made.

The youths are making a lot of money from their illegal activities and are repaying ZANU PF for their protection by beating up MDC-T supporters. – SW Radio Africa News

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