Residents of Chitungwizaâ€™s Zengeza 3 are up in arms with the MDC-T led council which is said to have repossessed a stand allocated in 2002 to the community for building a police post.
The council is now subdividing the land into residential stands.
Chitungwiza Municipality which has a record of corruption and under hand dealings is at it again this time with the MDC-T councillors involved in a scam in which they are repossessing a stand that was allocated for a police post.
According to the representative of the residents in Zengeza 3, Mr Jawet Chipere, the council has rescinded a resolution passed by its predecessor and has since communicated to the community that the stand is council property and will be subdivided into housing stands.
Mr Chipere said they have a lease agreement but the council is now pegging stands at the designated police post stand which was planned to reduce the incidences of robbery and muggings in the area.
â€œWe have a lease agreement and the council has now taken over our stand. We had appealed for this area to have a police post because of the increase in robberies and muggings in the area,â€ said Mr. Chipere.
Other residents in the satellite town also expressed concern over the allocation of infill space and stands at ecologically sensitive areas such as wetlands.
â€œThere is haphazard allocation of stands in this town. All the wetlands and other open spaces have been invaded,â€ one resident said.
Chitungwiza Municipality planner, Engineer Alfonce Tinofa said the stand was repossesed after a council resolution passed in December 2010 because of non development.
According to a report released by the committee set up by government last year to institute investigations into the alleged corruption in Chitungwiza,Â the town lacks a systematic administration and the operations are fraught with irregularities due to the interference by the Councillors who lack the expertise of running a local authority.