Philip Chiyangwa's attempt to extort millions of dollars from 8 000 settlers at Odar Farm in Harare South seems to have hit a brick wall, but more important is how such a deal had been crafted to the extent of the Ministry of Local Government writing a letter handing over the land to Chiyangwa.
Local Government Minister and Ignatious Chombo has already been fingered in many corruption scandals, but so far he has survived, and it would not surprise if this is not another of those corrupt deals. But who is going to accuse him?
The report in The Herald today that Odar Housing Development Consortium which sold stands to the settlers has exposed the illegality of the actions of the Local Government Ministry has shed more light on the murky affairs of the Ministry, already notorious for its uncaring administration. Could Chiyangwa's time be up?