Chitungwiza land baron, Frederick Mabamba was on Tuesday picked up by officers from the Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission (ZACC) on charges of illicit land deals.
Mabamba was picked up in the afternoon from his home and taken to Chitungwiza municipal offices for questioning after which he was referred to the police for further questioning.
In 2014, an audit report fingered Mabamba as the chief land baron in Chitungwiza. Mabamba was accused of illegally allocating more than 8 000 stands through his United We Stand Housing Cooperative.
He was subsequently fired by the then Local Government Minister, Ignatius Chombo in the same year.
The arrest of Mabamba follows revelations that from 2015, government lost about $3 Billion worth of state land that was sold by land barons, property developers and politically connected people who pocketed the money for personal use.
The revelations were contained in a report from a Commission of Inquiry into the sale of state land in and around urban settlements.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa pledged to act against the perpetrators of the illegal sale of the state land.
Sources confirmed that Mabamba had been arrested for the illegal sale of council land during his days as Councilor.
ZACC Spokesperson, John Makamure said he was not yet aware of Mabamba’s arrest while the Commission’s Chairperson was not picking calls when contacted for comment.
ZACC Commissioner, Jessie Majome said she was not aware of the issue when contacted for comment.
More to follow….