Land baron Mabamba faces arrest

By Innocent Ruwende

Businessman and former Zanu PF Chitungwiza Ward 25 councillor Fredrick Mabamba is facing arrest for allegedly selling State land meant for a school to more than 120 home-seekers in the satellite town.

Businessman and former Zanu PF Chitungwiza Ward 25 councillor Fredrick Mabamba
Businessman and former Zanu PF Chitungwiza Ward 25 councillor Fredrick Mabamba

The home seekers allege that Mabamba pocketed more than $500 000, although he did not pay for the land in question and now Chitungwiza Municipality was demanding $1 500 from residents to regularise their stay.

More than 50 land barons, including Mabamba, are already appearing in court for allegedly selling State and council land in Harare.

According to a letter written by Town Clerk Mr George Makunde addressed to “Mabamba Residents” dated June 9 this year, council is demanding payment from the home seekers to regularise their stay.

“Please be advised that your members have to pay $1 500 each penalty fee for occupying State land without authority to kick start regularisation process,” reads the letter.

“Mabamba residents” allege that they paid money around $5 000 each to Mabamba through his United We Stand Cooperative, thinking that they were genuine stands.

“We did not know that the land was earmarked for other purposes. We were told to pay and start building but to our surprise we are now being asked to pay to regularise our stay when we thought we were genuine landlords,” said a resident.

The residents say they have since reported the matter to the police.

Mabamba yesterday conceded that the land in question was not meant for residential settlement and that he did not apply for change of ownership.

He, however, argued that it was not State land but council land, saying he had a lease he signed with Chitungwiza Municipality.

“We never duped anyone. It is not State land, we were allocated the land to develop a school and we subdivided it to create residential stands. We had the right to apply for subdivision but we did not apply for one.

“Council should actually thank me for putting money into their coffers. Council is continuously changing goal posts. They made these people pay $120 to regularise or to be relocated,” he said.

In 2014, Mabamba, who was accused of being the chief architect of land allocation scams in the town, was dismissed from the local authority.

The then Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo dismissed Mabamba from council after he was convicted of gross mismanagement of council affairs by a disciplinary tribunal.

The dismissal was recommended by a board of enquiry in terms of Section 114 (i) of the Urban Councils Act (Chapter 29:15).

Mabamba, through his United We Stand Housing Co-operative, was fingered in an audit report as the chief “land baron” in the illegal allocation of more than 8 000 residential stands to desperate home-seekers in Chitungwiza, an allegation he denied. The Herald

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  • this man is not good at all, mabani ese here shuwa hurumende inozviziva nava Chombo, crazy

  • Mina Makoti

    Musamusunga kani. Une mbonje pahuma. Kkkkkk

  • Thievery -no surprises as to affiliation

  • Izanu nxaa

  • Makabvira riinhi muchiti mukuda kumusunga just say mukuda kudhiritsa dzimba chete

  • Dai vaida zvekumusunga atova netwenty years ari mujere.Murume uyu akapamba Chitungwiza yese mhani kubva KuCA kuenda kwaSeke uko nemaground ebhora nemaoppening space yaingova bamba zonke ipapo nekumasewage kuSt Marys bamba zonke

  • saka vakatengaserwa ma stand muchatovaputsira dzimba zvare pasina mari yekuvaka chikoro chacho?

  • from chigovanyika. to makoni nepakati chigovanyika makoni nekunze akasanganisa musha mukuru

  • All criminals must go inside

  • Zviya zvehuori, kuba nekushandisa chibhakera munyika zvakusungisa nhayi?

  • jss exposing one out of wangani varikuba ?

  • Since wen did councilors start selling land?

  • Taizviziva kuti hapana kwavanosvika ava vanosungwa chete hezvooooo

  • MaZimbo kudada hee tanema stands muchitengeserwa zvisirupam temo☺☺ndaiti makadzidza

  • MaZimbo kudada hee tanema stands muchitengeserwa zvisirupam temo☺☺ndaiti makadzidza

  • Hapana asingazive kuti mabamba ndiyo tsotsi hombe yemastands in Chitungwiza but haasungwe kubvira Chombo achiripo haasungwe.

  • kubvira riini achingonzi arikusungwa vanonyepa varikudya vese mari

  • He must rot in jail!

  • He mst go to jail

  • Haasungwe uyo

  • ey chimudhara ichi

  • That one you cannot arrest,ndobheja dollar ooh!!! haasungike

  • mbavha dzezanu ….their days are numbered

  • tyt

  • Ko hump iri mumusoro ndeyeyi

  • Kunyepa uko Mabamba haafe akaenda kujeri. Because he owns Chitungwiza.

  • He is supposed to be behind bars long back..nobody influential goes to jail…give us one example

  • ek

    how can a person own a cooperative???????????

  • Hazvina basa izvo zanu pf toiziva nekuba isu chitsva chii ipapa.$15 million yengoda iripi

  • Mukanya

    Chombo na Mabamba are one and the same and their Patron RGM acknowledges it.

  • Zim game idla laphe botshelwe khona

  • Dzobo. …Awuu!!!

    ndiyo Zanuka….they think Zimbabwe ndeyawo

  • Arrest that motherfucker. enough of their stealing.

  • tozbudura zvose

    if there arrest him I will eat my socks and shoes, I bet he will never go to jail this Mabamba guy.

  • Akadzidzepi ko kanzura uyu? Hadzimo chete ipopaye

  • that guy has personalised chitown for too long and nothing has bin done.he has his own wae of evading arrest but if the law was left to take its course he could hev bin sharing a cell with Gumbura sumwhere in chikurubi maximum

  • Chitungwiza ndeya vaMabamba

  • sungai tone chibaba che chitown

  • Chamutengure

    He still owes me 5000 for a double allocated stand.