Ex-Bindura town clerk in US$3,5m land scam

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FORMER Bindura town clerk Shangwa Mavesera was hauled before the court yesterday after allegedly misappropriating $3,5million through land scams which involved sale of stands reserved for a clinic and a
primary school.
Mavesera, 60, who left the council last month, appeared before Bindura Provincial magistrate Tinashe Ndokera
charged with three counts of criminal abuse of duty.

He was released on $30 000 bail and ordered to surrender title deeds to his property, report once every Friday at Bindura Police Station and barred from visiting Bindura City Council offices.

The matter was remanded to November 24. According to court records, sometime in October 2018 Mavesera allegedly connived with the director of Housing Evelyn Madziire, who is at large, and hatched a plan to sell a residential stand number 612 situated in the central business district in contravention of the Urban Councils Act.

The court heard Mavesera and Madziire were aware that below that stand were two underground water pipes
which made it impossible to develop the land for residential purposes.

On October 26, 2018, Mavesera allegedly caused the publication of a sale and lease of stand advertisement in local newspapers for the stand.

It is alleged that one Ray Makumbe through his company called Shamta (Pvt) Ltd won the tender to purchase
the stand at $431 537, 50, but the price did not include the cost of diverting underground
water pipes and he made full payment.

In February this year, Mavesera engaged Skies Projects (Pvt) Ltd to divert two underground water pipes at
a cost of $3,5 million which had not been budgeted for.

The money was drawn from Bindura Municipality Devolution funds without a council resolution and approval from Local Government minister July Moyo as required.

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