MDC-T councillor faces fraud charges

The MDC-T Councillor for Ward 15 in Gweru Urban constituency, Clemence Kwaru, has been arrested on fraud charges involving the irregular acquisition of a commercial stand.

He allegedly received $1,060 from Philip Banket to assist him acquire a stand. Banket went to the police this week after Kwaru reportedly failed to fulfil his promise.

Police spokesperson, Asst. Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko, said investigations were underway.

It is not the first time that a local city father has been involved in a stand scam. Earlier this year Deputy Mayor Taurai Demo was accused of buying a residential stand with defunct Zim dollars.

Mayor Teddius Chimombe and other councillors were also accused of advertising commercial stands in the press before grabbing them. This prompted the MDC-T party to send a six-member probe team led by Chitungwiza legislator, Fidelis Mhashu, to investigate. The results of the probe are yet to be released.

Currently, several MDC councillors are under suspension in Chitungwiza City Council for allegedly illegally allocating housing stands. The party is investigating.

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