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Chombo dockets vanish

Chombo dockets vanish

By Xolisani Ncube, Staff Writer
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 14:35

HARARE – In a development that has raised eyebrows, dockets implicating 
wealthy local government minister Ignatius Chombo as well as senior Harare 
City Council and Zanu PF officials in land scams in the capital city have 
mysteriously vanished from Harare Central Police Station.

Police, who claimed to be in the dark about the issue, said yesterday that 
they would investigate the baffling disappearance of the dockets.

The disappearance of the dockets comes at a time when Prime Minister Morgan 
Tsvangirai and Sadc have expressed grave concerns at the selective 
application of the law in Zimbabwe — in which MDC officials and supporters 
are continually harassed and arrested on trivial and trumped-up charges.

Last week, the Elected Councillors Association of Zimbabwe (ECAZ), in 
conjunction with the Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) lodged a 
complaint against the city’s director of urban planning, Psychology 
Chiwanga, who allegedly assisted in the illegal purchase of land in Glen 
Lorne by Chombo.

But ECAZ officials were shocked yesterday when they were told by officers at 
Harare Central Police Station that the dockets that had been compiled were 
nowhere to be seen.

Police spokesperson inspector James Sabau said he had not yet been briefed 
about the missing dockets but promised that police would investigate the 

“We are not aware of the said missing documents. That is what they are 
telling you. We will receive many dockets a day,” Sabau said.

ECAZ had further lodged a complaint with the police against Killian Mpingo, 
Tendai Mahachi, Josephine Ncube, Chiwanga, Michael Mahachi and Nemera – 
alleging that they had fraudulently used a resolution that awarded Zanu PF 
official Tendai Savanhu an industrial stand, to award themselves stands. The 
docket for this case had also disappeared.

What has raised eyebrows in both cases is that police have consistently 
refused to arrest or investigate a myriad of allegations against Chombo, who 
has in the last decade reportedly accumulated more than 100 stands and 
houses from local authorities across the country – making him one of 
wealthiest and biggest property magnets in the country.

Alarmed ECAZ officials yesterday wrote a letter to the police demanding a 
probe into the disappearance of the dockets.

“On the 6th of May 2011 we visited the Harare central police station room 
number 151 where we were told that dockets IR050250 and IR050251 were 
missing and were referred to room 143 where we met Sergeant Mutemeri,” reads 
part of the letter to the police.

ECAZ further alleges that on May 9 2011, they went back to the police 
station where they were referred to an inspector Chiwi who said he needed 
time to consult his bosses regarding the matter and advised them to return 
the following day.

“On the 10th of May 2011, we visited inspector Chiwi and he was emotional 
about the issue to the extent that he refused to refer us to any office. He 
said he had nothing to do with our cases; instead he decided to say he did 
not want to be involved in such cases,” the letter adds.

The councillors said the police were engaging in selective application of 
the law since they choose who to prosecute and who to not prosecute.

“What makes this case serious is that on March 3 2011, you received a 
complaint against Dr.I.C Chombo’s fraudulent instruction to make a payment 
of US$42 000.00 to a Shumba-led investigation team which was not formally 
constituted and you did not respond in seven days as provided by the ZRP 
Service Charter item 1.4 and up to now nothing has happened,” ECAZ said.

“We are of the view that the public deserves an explanation as to why you 
have not acted on the reports that have been levelled against minister 
Chombo and the city council officials.

“We therefore hereby request from you to explain to the public as to why the 
police have not accorded the cases against Chombo and City Council Officials 
the seriousness they deserve,” said ECAZ in the letter addressed to the 
officer commanding Harare Province, Garikai Gwangwava.


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