A Norton Councilor has been named in a Norton land scandal involving a private Islamic organisation.
According to allegations, Sheunesu Shoko has been driving the agenda in an arrangement where land for a school was sold to Direct Aid.
No Council Resolution
This was done without any Full Council resolution.
The new school is being built in the same yard as the old Jinkstown Primary School.
It is already nearing completion.
Reports allege the Islamic organisation was sold the land in a deal with former Chegutu Rural District Council CEO Mr Dan Zvobgo.
The CEO was suspended and subsequently fired over this and many other issues.
Shoko has since been rallying local residents to agree to the arrangement where the old Jinkstown Primary school will be closed and the new Direct Aid school remains.
However the new school is an elite institution which isn’t expected to cater for low income residents, mainly found in Ward 14.
The move has since drawn the ire of Norton legislator Temba Mliswa.
“People linked to the deal have been going to high offices saying false things because there has been money shared around.
“There is a full council resolution that the organisation wanted to assist the old Jinkstown School and not close it.
“We won’t allow a situation where Jinkstown Primary will be closed no matter how poor it is.
“Now the Councilor for that area is telling people to accept the deal so that they can be given cattle for milk production, which is sad” he said.
The land issue in Jinkstown has been dragging on since 2018 and has already claimed the job of Zvobgo.
He has however been contesting his removal at the courts.
Late last month he won his labour case though the Chegutu Council has appealed to the Supreme Court.