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Mliswa clashes with Norton Council over Kingsdale land

By Wisdom Mumera

Norton legislator Temba Mliswa says Norton Town Council is clearly captured following its alleged decision to give Maparahwe Properties a development permit for another Kingsdale sub-division.

Mliswa said NTC is corrupt, inefficient and that the councillors performance leaves a lot to be desired.

“Indications are that Maparahwe Properties is set to be granted another sub-division permit by Norton Town Council. This is a clear indication of a captured council failing to run the rule on the land baron.

“The Councilors’ ….performance has left a lot to be desired epitomised by the poor handling of the Community Share Ownership abattoir which has since been set up under Chegutu Rural District Council,” he said.

According to Mliswa, the abattoir would have availed over 1500 jobs for the Norton community.

“I implore political parties to separate the time for politics and the time for working for the people. I have since written to MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa about this issue,” he said.

However, Norton councillors have not taken Mliswa’s criticism lightly with Ward 5 Councilor Mutatabikwa (MDC A) accusing Mliswa of dubious advice to residents.

“Firstly Kingsdale issue, that land belongs to Maparahwe Properties according to the ConCourt Order, therefore NTC facilitates and monitors the development of that since it lies in our jurisdiction.

“People were not supposed to build and stay there before full development but they are there due to political reasons.

“Some of the radical or populist policies you advocate for are retrogressive MP and with regards to rates, people must just pay for they are enjoying the stay on the said land, it’s dubious of you to advocate for nonpayment,” he said.

The latest spat follows months of frantic efforts by Kingsdale residents to regularise their stay after eviction orders were issued by the developer.

The residents have since ganged up with the MP (Mliswa) against Maparahwe Properties (Cuthbert Mpame) and NTC whom they are accusing of corruptly conniving to swindle them of money.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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