The Harare City Council has suspended all stand allocations within its jurisdiction in the wake of multiple arrests on corruption charges involving departmental directors and Mayor Herbert Gomba.
Deputy Mayor Enock Mupamawonde said the Council had decided on the move whilst investigations into the matter were being dealt with.
“The investigations that unearthed irregularities in the management of housing land were instituted internally and as your Acting Mayor, I reassure you that the due process with the investigations continuing.
“Meanwhile all housing stand allocations are suspended until the automation of the allocation system which should be completed soon”.
“Council invites IT experts to review and assist in the automation of the housing allocation systems free of charge”, he said.
Mupamawonde added that they have since reshuffled Council administration.
“Council has since reorganized its departments with the appointment of acting directors in the Housing and Human Capital Departments to ensure work progresses undisturbed.
“Scheduled council, committee and management meetings will now be held virtually across the board”, he added.
Mayor Gomba was arrested on allegations involving land scams and abuse of office as a public officer.
He is also accused of being in the illegal creation and sale of stands, with irregularities in the approval of plans and altering plans.
Other top council officials arrested have also been arrested in the past few weeks in connection with a land scam that has so far led to the arrest of acting human resources director Retired Major Matthew Marara and principal housing director Edgar Dzehonye who are accused of prejudicing council US$1 million in the Kuwadzana stands deal.
The housing director Addmore Nhekairo was also arrested for signing offer letters to undeserving people.