Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) senior member and former legislator, Jeffrey Chitando has called for the probe of Masvingo CCC councillors, Aleck Tabe and Rocky Kamuzondo over corruption allegations.
A source who spoke to this publication said that at a CCC meeting held last week at Dzikamai Mavhaire’s Hill View Farm, Chitando said Tabe and Kamuzondo’s lavish lifestyles were a cause for concern as prior to their election as councillors, the duo were paupers.
“Chitando said that the party must call Tabe and Kamuzondo and ask them to explain the source of their wealth considering that before the 26 March 2022 by-elections, the duo was walking in slippers but now they are driving nice cars. Chitando said that barely a year after their election, Kamuzondo and Tabe were already driving top class vehicles, a development that has shocked many and raised the electorate’s eyebrows, who are now alleging that the two could have been involved in some shoddy deals to get money within that short period,” said the source.
According to the source, Kamuzondo is driving an Isuzu twin cab while Tabe has a Toyota Hilux single cab.
The source added that it is alleged that Tabe and Kamuzondo were paid to be part of the SIMBI Steel Makers deal which torched a storm recently with residents questioning the sincerity of council in giving the company such a huge piece of land while they were failing to develop the smaller one they already have.
The same source further said that the reason for the change of Tabe and Kamuzondo’s life styles was that they were given residential stands in Rhodene and they sold them to improve themselves.
The issue of stands however holds much water but others still suspect that there was corruption somehow saying the Urban Councils Act stipulates that a councillor should get two stands; one residential stand in his ward and a commercial stand which can be near or in the Central Business District (CBD).
According to the source, another contentious issue was that the Act also stipulates that that privilege should be given to councillors serving a full term, when they get into office during a general election and not a by-election.
Meanwhile, Masvingo Mayor, Councillor Collen Maboke, said he was not furnished on any development pertaining to the awarding of stands to Tabe and Karimazondo and said he only heard about it from the streets.