17 June 2012

Zimbabwe: Ex-Councillor Wants Chombo Arrested

FORMER Harare City councillor, Warship Dumba, wants Local Government, Rural and Urban Development minister, Ignatious Chombo arrested on charges of criminal abuse of office. Dumba last Thursday wrote to the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) inquiring why the anti-graft body had not acted on a report he filed in March, seeking the investigation of Chombo for allegedly victimising him for leading a special investigations committee which implicated the minister in alleged corrupt land deals.

The former councillor said he submitted a report and documentary evidence allegedly connecting Chombo's actions that resulted in the minister suspending and eventually firing him from council.

"With this letter, I have now added a copy of the minutes with the motion that I moved on the 16th of December 2010, which I believe made the minister react the way he did," wrote Dumba to the Zacc.

"But, his reaction was both irrational and illegal. By reference of this letter, I therefore hereby write to register my complainant about the way you have handled my case."

Dumba said he was fired by Chombo with no complaint against him and without any tangible evidence linking him to an offence, after the courts had refused to prosecute him.

"I uphold that minister Chombo has a case to answer and justice must be seen to be exercised in order that innocent civilians like me are protected against the excesses of the executive," he said.

Zacc received a comprehensive dossier produced by an ad hoc Harare City Council land audit committee, which fingered Chombo in alleged corrupt land deals, mostly during the tenure of the commissions he has appointed to run the affairs of the city.

The committee made a report to the police two years ago, but it was the City Fathers themselves who were instead arrested on allegations of criminally defaming Chombo and businessman, Phillip Chiyangwa.

Although Zacc chairperson, Denford Chirindo could not be reached for comment yesterday, recently he confirmed to The Standard that his commission received the comprehensive report and was "responding accordingly".

Chombo also could not be reached for comment.

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