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Herbert Chitepo Housing Cooperative saga
December 08, 2011
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six members of Herbert Chitepo Housing Cooperative and the HRT Membership
Officer Simbarashe Majamanda on Monday 5 December 2011 successfully
resisted atempts by the police at Kuwadzana Police Station to charge
them with criminal defamation charges arising from articles published
in the media claiming that the cooperative management was abusing
Masiye of the Zimbabwe
Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) said charging the seven would
compromise investigations into corruption allegations raised against
the cooperative management. He argued that the seven could not be
charged before a full invetigation into the serious allegations
of abuse of funds and misuse of resources were completed.
The police had
summoned six members of the Hebert Chitepo Housing Cooperative namely
Tonderai Kandawasvika (41), Polite Manenji (31), Shamiso Maingehama
(34), Dorothy Kasamba (58), Tapiwa Zinyuku (38) and Hama Tinarwo
(31), and Majamanda in order to charge them with criminal defamation
a report made to the HRT by the cooperative members,alleging rampant
corruption and mismanagement of the cooperative by the executive
management led by David Paradzayi Chinyanga. This report was subsequently
published in various newspapers.
members accused the Chinyanga executive of abusing cooperative funds,
turning the cooperative into a commercial entity without their consent
and blocking the development of the cooperative.
the police that "the seven can only be charged after Chinyanga
and his executive have been cleared of any wrongdoing." The
seven were released without being charged.
On Tuesday 6
December 2011, 10 members of the Hebert Chitepo Housing Cooperative
visited the HRT offices and demanded that the issue be further investigated
and urged the police and other authorities empowered to deal with
corruption to prosecute the whole cooperative executive. Keys issues
raised are indicated below;
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