Muguti Declares War on ‘Land Baron’ Ken Sharpe

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By Staff Reporter

Provincial Development Coordinator (PDC) for Harare Metropolitan Province, Tafadzwa Muguti has expressed his disappointment with controversial ‘land baron’ and President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ally Kenneth Raydon Sharpe after the establishing of housing scheme at a wetland in Harare’s Borrowedale surbub.

Addressing residents’ associations at a meeting organised by the Harare Wetlands Trust at Town House, Thursday, Muguti singled out developments by Sharpe’s Aurgur lnvestments and West Properties subsidiary Seatrite Properties for gross disrespect of wetlands.

Seatrite, whose activities have been challenged countless times by residents, is building classy flats around the Borrowdale Racecourse, right on the wetland.

“Let me echo my displeasure, it is very bad that we have people who believe that because they are building larger property development projects they are actually to an extent immune,” Muguti said.

“There are people who feel protected by council, I am very worried about developments happening around the Borrowdale racecourse area. I grew up watching those wetlands, you wake up in the morning and there is a grader that is already building roads and you can see that stands are going to come,” he said.

“Unfortunately we have had so much corruption in this great nation of ours over the years such that when I drive around and see people building three story buildings on wetlands I am actually in shock and wonder which blind person from EMA allowed such development. What I have promised your minister is that from now on if there is a wetland that has been given an EIA certificate, we to build on a wetland we should allow people to challenge that certificate. We cannot connive in offices and agree at the expense of residents who are on the ground,” added Muguti.

In all instances were Seatrite Properties has been challenged not to build on wetlands by residents, Harare City Council has stepped in to grant authority as what happened concerning the construction of cascading flats in Alexandra Park.

“We all know that Harare has a greater master-plan, the areas which are wetlands have not been built on for a reason, they were left out of the master-plan for a reason. It was not an omission; it was actually part of the plan that they be left out. There is also the issue to do with large property developers, while they are good for us as a province they need to also be good for the environment,” Muguti said.

Controversial West Properties COO , Tatiana Ellis Aleshina.

Sharpe is currently at large and believed to be hiding in Mauritius with his confidante of Russian origin and a name dropper Tatiana (Aleshina) Ellis doing most of the business on his behalf.

Sharpe is facing a litany of charges ranging from money laundering and corruption emanating from shoddy land dealings in Harare worthy neary US$2 billion.

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