Bona Mugabe and her husband, Simba bought 20 hectares of Hellensvale zoned for recreation for a mere US$2 300. The sale which prejudiced the Harare City Council of millions of dollars was ordered by the then minister Ignatius Chombo.

The market price of 20ha of land in Hellensvale ranges from US$4,5 million to US$7,2 million. Harare City investigators allege Chombo, had the recreational land rezoned to private use, so it could be sold. It was sold to a company called Chordac Investments (Private) Limited, which was fronted at that time by two senior ministry officials but which is a vehicle owned by Mr and Mrs Mutsahuni, who are also known as Bona and Simba Chikore.

“The land was sold to Minister Chombo without following town planning procedures whereby change of land use was approved on March 28, 2008, after he had already bought the stand on March 25, 2008,” reads part of the report.

Mr Mutsahuni refused to comment on the issue, referring all questions to his lawyer Mr Jonathan Samukange of Venturas and Samukange Legal Practitioners. “We don’t comment on such issues. Just write what you want. We don’t care,” he said.

Mr Samukange responded as follows: “We do not know anything about that property. We also do not know anything about that company (Chodac Investments).”