Former Minister of state Chimene accused of selling state land.

By ZBC Reporter
RESIDENTS of a housing scheme in Mutasa district have commended the Land Commission for exposing former Minister of State for Manicaland Province, Mandi Chimene’s illegal land deals and are appealing for a swift implementation of recommendations of the land audit report.
The Justice Uchena led commission of inquiry into the sale of state land in and around urban areas has implicated former Minister of State for Manicaland Province, Mandi Chimene for illegally selling state land to desperate home-seekers.
Following the revelations, Fairholme medium-density suburb residents who made part payments for stands on the land in question are appealing to government to swiftly implement the commission’s recommendations so that they can have their stands serviced and regularised.
“We are no longer comfortable with the developer that has exhibited a high degree of lack of transparency. Their servicing of stands have been stagnant without water, electricity schools and health facilities. We are eagerly awaiting the implementation of the land commission recommendations that states that the land developer happens to be a land baron. We are no longer comfortable or at ease to give them our money, we want the place to be developed with all facilities that include schools and health institutions. We also want to recover our money,” said one of the Fairholmeresidents.
Mutasa Rural District Council Chief Executive Officer, Tonderai George Bandure says he was coerced to sign approval papers by the then Minister Chimene as she grabbed state land for a personal land development project.
The farm was allocated to Chimene for agriculture purposes under the model A2 scheme on 24 October 2003
The Land Audit report recommended that the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works immediately takes control of the farm and ensure that there is proper servicing of the stands and provision of basic requirements such as schools and health facilities.
It is also recommended that Fairholme farm be incorporated into the Mutare Municipal boundary.
Meanwhile, Chimene’s companies; Simple Ventures and Atonstar have been selling stands at 20 United States dollars per square metre with 114 stands having been sold by the time of the inquiry.