Net closes in on Byo councillors, officials

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Jeffrey Muvundusi

in BULAWAYO

THE net is closing in on Bulawayo city councillors as the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) intensifies its investigations into graft allegations amid reports of imminent arrests.

Late last month, Zacc initiated an investigation into Bulawayo City Council (BCC) affairs following reports of corruption in land sales.

It came to light in September that town clerk Christopher Dube had parcelled out prime land to himself as part of his perks.

Bulawayo mayor Solomon Mguni was also reported to have leased council land to himself for a song.

BCC officials briefed the Daily News over the weekend that councillors and some municipal workers were living in fear as Zacc stepped up its investigations.

While refusing to divulge much, Zacc spokesperson John Makamure said yesterday that his commission was indeed probing BCC affairs.

“We cannot reveal details now because investigations are currently underway,” said Makamure.

“We have a team currently at Bulawayo council which is doing investigations. They are meeting witnesses and going through documents which have been presented as evidence,” he added.

Meanwhile, the opposition Zapu party has called for the arrest of corrupt councillors.

“We welcome the reported arrival of Zacc officials in the city. We implore them not to limit their investigations to the current council, but also investigate the previous council where the Ascot Race Course was parcelled out under unclear circumstances,” said Zapu director for information, Patrick Ndlovu.

“We also call on Zacc to arrest and prosecute any official suspected of corruption.

“We also call on the central government, through the ministry of Local Government, to ensure that rules of good corporate governance are applied to local governments,” he added.

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