HARARE – Chitungwiza residents have demanded that the audit report on the illegal structures in Chitungwiza and Seke rural areas conducted by deputy Local Government minister Joel Biggie Matiza be made public immediately.
The residents’ demand come exactly a month after Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo set up a team to investigate allegations of illegal allocation of stands by land barons in the dormitory town.
The audit report, initially scheduled to be out in just one week, has not materialised up to now and residents are becoming anxious as they are in the dark as to what will happen to their homes.
Matiza, however, advised Parliament this week that the report was almost complete and awaiting Cabinet approval.
But Chitungwiza Residents Trust (Chitrest) board chairman Marvelous Khumalo last week told the Daily News that residents were both anxious and livid that government has kept them guessing since the so called audit started.
Khumalo who is former St Mary’s House of Assembly member said residents were also worried that government was devoting too much time on investigating Chitungwiza at the expense of service delivery.
“Residents have noted with concern that, with all due respect to the Local gGovernment deputy minister, he has now relegated himself to a new role of a mere “Deputy minister for Chitungwiza House Demolitions,” said Khumalo.
“He has since gone overdrive in pre-emptying his personal ideas and motives at every fora, including being a lone figure in Parliament pushing for this “madness”, in total disregard of due process”.
The former lawmaker sensationally claimed that his pressure group suspected that Matiza wanted to demolish the dormitory town so that he would emerge the messiah by rebuilding it after awarding his construction company the tender.
Matiza continuously promised to get back to the Daily News when he was reached for comment saying he was in a meeting.
Kumalo questioned what he called Chombo’s “highly suspicious, shocking, unusual silence and seeming lack of interest,” on the matter.