THE National Social Security Authority (NSSA) has acquired land that had been at the centre of a dispute that once sucked in senior Central Intelligence Organisation and police officers in Gweru.
NSSA director for contributions and compliance Barnabas Matongera revealed at a joint NSSA and ZCTU workshop in the Midlands capital yesterday that the social security authority was now working on modalities of developing the land into a housing project for workers.
NSSA forked out $7 million for the disputed land. Matongera said the project to develop Christmas Gift land into prime residential stands for NSSA members was in the pipe line.
“NSSA bought Christmas Gift land with the purpose of developing residential stands for its members. This is the first NSSA project in the city (Gweru) and plans to develop it are underway,” Matongera said.
The 650-hectare land was bought from Portuguese businessman Roger De Sa, who has interests in a local company DMC Holdings, but was contested by one Wilfred Nyambo, who objected to the transaction arguing that he was the legitimate owner of the property.
The Supreme Court ruled that the land (Christmas Gift) did not belong to De Sa but to DMC.
The High Court has yet to decide the shareholding structure of the holding company DMC.
The case is currently before the High Court and has sucked in Kizito Gweshe, the director for counter-intelligence in the president’s office, Midlands Provincial Affairs minister Jason Machaya and an unnamed top cop.