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    Former Midlands PA in court over 5 000 stands racket


    GWERU – Cecilia Chitiyo who is a former Midlands Provincial Administrator and six other senior Government officials have appeared in court for allegedly signing for the allocation of more than 5 000 residential stands to land barons.
    They are facing charges of criminal abuse of office after allegedly giving out the stands.
    Chitiyo (50); Sherpard Marweyi (48) former Gweru District Administrator; Matilda Manhambo (59) Provincial Project Officer; Sifelani Moyo (59) Director Valuation and Estate Management; Ethel Mlalazi (65)Principal Director for Physical Planning and Sate Land Management section; Chisainyerwa Chibhururu (47) Provincial Physical Planner and Everest Nyamadzawo (33) Administration Officer appeared before Midlands Provincial Magistrate Phathekile Msipa facing 14 counts of criminal abuse of office last Friday.
    It is the State case that Chitiyo unlawfully co-signed offer letters to distribute 4 469 stands which were on State land. One of the alleged signatories to the transaction is former Minister of State for Midlands Province, Jason Machaya.
    Similarly Marweyi allegedly allocated 5 199 stands to land developers also working with Machaya but knowing they had no lawful right to allocate State land.
    Prosecutor Helen Khosa told the court that Manhambo working with Machaya allegedly allocated 2 000 stands to land developers on State land without lawful right.
    Moyo and Mlalazi allegedly carried out valuation for State land, which had been unlawfully allocated to land barons.
    The court heard that Chitiyo and Machaya approved the valuations and Chibhururu unlawfully designed layout plans for State land plans which were approved by Machaya.news
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