Bona Mugabe Bought US$7M Worth Land For Mere US$2 300

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Ignatius Chombo, then Cabinet minister, reportedly initiated a deal whereby the daughter of the late former President Robert Mugabe, Mrs Bona Nyepudzai Mutsahuni, and her husband, Mr Simbarashe Mutsahuni, managed to buy 20 hectares of Hellensvale land zoned for recreation for a paltry US$2 300, prejudicing Harare City Council of millions of dollars and flying in the face of town planning regulations.

The city council reportedly received US$2 300, yet the market price of 20ha of land in Hellensvale ranges from US$4,5 million to US$7,2 million. Last week, Seeff Properties, a real estate agent, was selling a 0,5ha stand in Hellensvale for US$180 000, which translates to US$7,2 million for 20ha, whilst Kennan Properties was selling 0,4ha in the same area for US$90 000, which translates to US$4,5 million for 20ha.

Yet Helensvale was part of the huge Borrowdale Estate staked out by three officers of Cecil Rhodes’ occupation column, and was developed privately, town planning law insists that private landowners developing a new suburb must hand over without expecting anything in return around 20 percent for education, recreational, or other public uses.

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