Corruption at the Glenview 8 industrial complex

Self-employed carpenters and welders at the Glenview 8 Complex. built by the government in 2005, are alleging abuse and corruption at the hands of Zanu (PF) staff masquerading as council employees.

“The only entrance to the Glenview 8 Complex is manned by bouncers obviously aligned to Zanu (PF) who demand $5 every morning from everyone known to be working in the complex,” said a carpenter who makes wardrobes and kitchen units there.

“They allege the money goes to the Harare City Council. But the Council has nothing to do with such corrupt activities. One of the guys manning the gate told me he was sent to the complex by his bosses at Zanu (PF) headquarters to collect the money in order to help the party raise money. He said finance minister Biti did not allocate any money to the parties for campaigning in his recent budget. This is the reason why parliamentarians, especially Zanu (PF) MPs have vowed to oppose Biti’s pro-poor budget since it ignores the issue of elections and perks to the MPs,” he said.

Contacted for comment, the Mayor, Muchadeyi Masunda, said the issue was news to him. He promised to set up a team to investigate the matter. Zanu (PF) spokesperson Rugare Gumbo’s mobile phone went unanswered.

This is not the first time that Zanu (PF) has been fingered in corruption regarding revenue collection. Commuter omnibus operators are complaining that hired Zanu (PF) thugs demand exorbitant fees from their crew members in order to be allowed into the various bus termini around the city. Allegations are that Zanu (PF) has also taken upon itself the responsibility of controlling car parks, a previous responsibility of the Harare City Council.

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