A Government housing officer grabbed 250 residential stands under a State run development scheme in Masvingo.

Kudakwashe Zvinavashe got the stands at Victoria Ranch in a grab that shocked the Commission of Inquiry into sale of state land.

The Masvingo Mirror reports that Zvinavashe, a housing officer in the Ministry of Local Government Public Works and National Housing used his company called Stellenbosch to get the residential stands. Zvinavashe was allocated the land in 2012 and left Government in 2017.

The commissioners said the conflict of interest involved in the deal was obvious and shocking. Zvinavashe sat as a Government representative in the consortium committees that were responsible for the allocation of stands at Victoria Ranch.

Zvinavashe told the Commission that he didn’t see any conflict of interest in the deal. He however, failed to produce most of the documents required of him by the Commission. He could not produce his application and offer letters for the stands.

The Commission ordered him to go and find the documents and bring them. Zvinavashe said he had since sold most of the stands at prices of $4 000 upwards.

 “Do you not see that as a Government official you were not supposed to be involved in all this? Did you not have an unfair advantage that you were the one responsible for the allocation of stands and you were at the same time busy getting the stands for your company?” asked Dr Heather Chingono.

Justice Uchena said he would have understood it had Zvinavashe got one stand for himself. He later said that he admitted wrong doing.