The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) is reportedly set to descend on illegal fuel stations that have sprouted in Chitungwiza, this publication is reliably informed.
According to a top Chitungwiza Council official, the anti-corruption body revealed its intention to clamp-down on the illegal fuel station following concerns that some council officials have been corruptly facilitating the illicit developments.
“ZACC has made known to us, as the Council, that they intend to bring sanity to what is currently prevailing.
“Some unscrupulous business people are conniving with some council officials to set up illegal fuel stations which are a potential hazard to residents,”said the official, who has since requested anonymity.
The move by ZACC will likely see some fuel station owners losing their offer letters and their premises demolished.
“A number of fuel stations likely be destroyed as a way to bring sanity to the illegal developments, ” he added.
Efforts to get confirmation from Chitungwiza Town Council Acting Housing Director Mrs Evangelista Machona were futile.
The news that ZACC is contemplating coming hard on these errant fuel stations has ignited hope among residents that sanity will soon prevail.
Brighton Mazhindu, Chitungwiza and Manyame Rural Residents Association (Camera) board secretary said, “as residents we have always raised this issue.
“At one time we petitioned council where a tower light was removed in Zengeza to pave way for the construction of Giant Petroleum fuel station which is a hazard as it very close to residential houses.
“We also have a situation where the Chitungwiza Master Plan indicates that there is a roundabout at C junction but the town authorities saw it fit to do away with the original plan and opted for a service station.
“We commend ZACC for investigating such maladministration, ” he said.
Deputy Mayor Implicated?
ZACC’s decision comes barely a few months after Ward 19 residents wrote a petition to council to stop the construction of a fuel retail outlet on a piece of land near C-Junction – Corner Hadzinanhanga and Mharapara roads.
The illegal allocation of the land was suspected to have been facilitated by Chitungwiza Deputy Mayor Musa Makweza.
There is yet to be a response to the petition.