By Amelia Johnson|
Now Daily Investigation|
When then Bulawayo South MP David Coltart asked former Chinhoyi MP and self avowed multi-millionaire Phillip Chiyangwa about his source of money, he was evasive.
He said he had sold sweets on the street while reading the newspaper to learn better English.
Most MPs laughed.
However, as Now Daily can reveal, Chiyangwa STOLE, yes STOLE vast tracts of Harare municipal land, mostly in industrial wastelands, which he then CORRUPTLY swapped with prime land in exclusive residential areas.
To set the ball rolling, Chiyangwa had to depend on a stroke of luck when Ignatius Chombo, his relative, the minister of local government sacked the entire corrupt Harare City Council led by Solomon Tawengwa.
Fortuitously, Chombo appointed another relative, the former Zimbabwean ambassador to the USA and secretary for education Elijah Chanakira. Thus began the SCANDAL that saw Chiyangwa build his Ballantyne Park mansion, the famous one with a helipad. And another one for Chanakira right next door. Watch for updates