The flamboyant and controversial Zanu PF businessman Philip Chiyangwa has boasted that he plans on buying a new private jet and high value car as part of his New Year resolutions for 2011. Mugabe’s nephew already has a stunning two-door, four seater Bentley Continental GTC valued at a whooping £150 000.
Chiyangwa’s plans were contained in a statement in which he also said “this year will see me opening one of Zimbabwe’s best private schools offering high quality education, Divaris Makaharis Boarding School located in Bluffhill, comprising of three stream class system from ECD (Grade Zero) to form six. It will be the first E-School with excellent sporting facilities.”
The businessman who has made money corruptly buying council land on the cheap and also benefiting from government tenders using his Zanu PF connections announced plans to build a prestigious hotel called the Pentagon Palace. He said this would be ‘an upmarket hotel, shopping and banking mall.’
‘We want to see the best designs in clothing, furniture and banking service,’ he said of the Pentagon Palace. ‘Again in the year, we will be opening the Crowhill Boulevard which is Class Boutique Concept of exquisite hotels and services including medical, financial, audit, insurance, restaurants, telecommunication, tourism packages, retail management and services,” he said.
Chiyangwa said the people of Harare will ‘get another exciting development surpassing standards set by The Borrowdale Brook, namely the Beverly Hills Estate along the Southern stretches of magnificent Harare next to The Brook.’
Chiyangwa acquired vast tracts of land in Harare amounting to over 25, 8304 hectares in ‘exchange deals’ using one of his companies Kilima Investments in 2007. A council report found the deals to have been corrupt but instead of arresting Chiyangwa the police arrested the councillors who carried out the investigations and also the journalists who covered the scandal.
Meanwhile Harare City councillors have vowed to pursue the businessman over land he acquired on the cheap despite reports of an out of court settlement.