Mount Pleasant Golf Course is under siege with council officials and councilors being implicated in the illegal parceling out of stands on the area.
A blame game has ensued with Councilors and officials who are being implicated seeking to cleanse themselves.
The sale of Stand 402 on the Golf Course has already been approved while 14 other stands have been provisionally allocated.
Mount Pleasant residents are however fighting to save the golf course.
The Council’s Finance Committee and Evaluations Department have been implicated in the land sales on the Mount Pleasant Golf Course.
According to an inside source money exchanged hands in the selling of Stand 402.
“There was resistance from the Mount Pleasant community after which the buyers hatched a plan to connive with the Finance committee and other employees from the Evaluations Department.
“Money exchanged hands leading to the sale of Stand Number 402 and as we speak, there are 14 other stands that have been pegged on the golf course.
“The Finance Committee together with other officials from the Evaluations Department are behind the deals,” said the source.
Sources implicated the Finance Committee head, Councilor Luckson Mukunguma in the sale of Stand 402.
Mukunguma confirmed the sale of Stand 402 but however defended by alleging that the sale of the stand was a collective decision by all councilors hence no one should be forced to shoulder the blame.
Councilor Mukunguma revealed that the council’s planning department has already made provisional allocations for the 14 stands on the Mount Pleasant Golf Course.
He said that any claim to the effect that money exchanged hands in the sale of the stand was as a result of mudslinging arising from factional politics at council.
“As for those 14 stands, I only heard of them after they were submitted to our valuations section for valuation. And the valuations section denied to do anything because our planning and housing departments had already made provisional allocations.
“Stand 402 is under the purview of the Finance and Development Committee which then recommends the items to a full council meeting. Also, leaders of council must desist from blaming an individual or a committee on something that was done by council when someone chaired that meeting which passed that item,” said Mukunguma.
His utterances were in reference to the fact that a full council meeting chaired by Harare Mayor, Herbert Gomba passed the resolution to sell Stand 402.
Council’s Environmental Management Committee Chairperson, Councilor Kudzai Kadzombe also confirmed that the sale of Stand 402 “passed through full council” but referred further questions to Mukunguma.
Mukunguma said that provisional allocations for the 14 stands on Mount Pleasant Golf Course was done by the Housing Committee led by Councilor Hami Madzingira.
Madzingira was not available for comment as his mobile phone went unanswered. He had not responded to a text message sent to him by the time of going to print.
Mayor Gomba referred questions to the city’s Housing Director Addmore Nhekairo who said that the city’s Chief Planner, Samuel Nyabezi, was better positioned to comment on the issue.
Nyabezi referred questions to the city’s Spokesperson, Michael Chideme who had also not responded by the time of going to print.
Councilor for the area, Jacob Mafume said, “The sports club clearly can’t afford a fully functional golf course unless they partner with someone with money. They need to indicate what they plan to do and how much of the area they can effectively use then we can look for viable options as a city.”