Murewa Rural District Council, Chief Executive Officer Alois Gurajena (48) has been arrested by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC), Nhau has learnt.
Gurajena was arrested for allegedly sub-dividing a farm before allocating stands to desperate home seekers without following procedure.
In a statement, ZACC spokesperson Commissioner John Makamure alleged that in 2003, Train Farm was leased to Moses Sewera for agricultural purposes and has been utilised for that purpose since then.
“When the lease expired the leasee, Sewera, was allowed to continue with his farming activities. It is alleged that recently, Gurajena subdivided the farm and allocated stands to home seekers. In doing this, Gurajena flouted laid down procedures which state that when a farm is to be converted from farming activities to urban development, the Ministry of Lands formerly hands over the farm to Ministry of Local Government who in turn hand over the farm to the Local Authority for initiation of processes to convert it into urban development following laid down procedures,” he said.
However, Comm Makamure said the farm in question was not formally handed over to the Ministry of Local Government by the Ministry of Lands.
In turn, “the Ministry of Local Government has not handed over the farm to Murewa RDC for urban development. Gurajena is expected in court today”.
Recently, the corruption watchdog has been on a drive to stamp corrupt activities in RDCs after issuing out a stern warning to the perpetrators. Nhau/Indaba