The Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission (ZACC) is investigating a case of criminal abuse of office at the Harare City Council which has led to sub-division permits being issued on Warren Hills Golf Course.
ZACC has since written to the Estates and Evaluations Manager at Harare City Council, Emmanuel Mutambirwa requesting for information to assist them with their investigations.
Suspicion of Corruption
The ZACC letter, dated October 8, 2020 follows developments taking place at Warren Hills Golf Course pointing to the likelihood of land having been sold on the golf course.
Read the letter from ZACC, “This office is investigating allegations of criminal abuse of duty by a public officer as defined in Section 174 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23.
“To facilitate our investigations, we kindly request your good office to furnish us with; current status of Warren Hills Golf Club, comment on the developments taking place in Warren Hills Golf Club, sub division permits for Warren Hills Golf Club, Warren Hills Golf Course Site Plan, any lessors and proof of payments for Warren Hills Golf Course land beneficiaries, Warren Hills Golf Course change of use and council resolutions. Warren hills Golf course Association lease agreement with council.”
Harare City Council Finance Committee Chairperson, Councilor Zivanai Mhetu said he was not privy to the developments at Warren Hills Golf Club and referred questions to the city’s Estates Manager, Emmanuel Mutambirwa.
Mutambirwa said the deal to subdivide the Warren Hills Golf Club was reached between Sunshine Holdings (Pvt) Ltd and the Harare City Council before 2008.
“We had reviewed the lease for the golf club for a another 25 years but we were no aware of the fact that council had entered into a partnership with Sunshine Holdings sometime before 2008 and that was before the expiry of the lease that had been given to the golf course.
“So when we renewed the lease for the Golf Course, Sunshine Holdings came with their deed and we realised that the renewal of the lease agreement was done in error and we had to cancel it to pave way for Sunshine Holdings.” said Mutambirwa.
He said that he was not aware of the nature of developments taking place at Warren Hills Golf Course.
“The land no longer belongs to council so I would not be privy to the nature of the developments taking place there,” said Mutambirwa.
Early this year, there was an outcry from Mount Pleasant residents after council sold part of Mount Pleasant Golf Course for ‘recreational purposes’.
It however emerged that money had exchanged hands leading to the sale of the land.
ZACC is on record saying that they are investigating several local authorities around the country for illegal land deals.