SYDNEY MUBAIWA/ MOSES MADYIRA
CHIVHU – Chikomba Rural District Council (RDC) is inviting World Boxing Champion Charles Manyuchi to a meeting to resolve a dispute over a piece of land offered to the boxer five years ago.
The local authority offered Manyuchi a 2,5h piece of land to build a sports academy but the boxer is yet to get the title deeds. In addition, council now wants to go into a joint venture with Manyuchi on the project but the boxer is insisting that he was given the land described as Number 8800 Chivhu for free and without any conditions.
Manyuchi has already taken his case to President Mnangagwa, the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Recreation Kirsty Coventry and his lawyers Mtombeni and Associates.
Chikomba CEO Bullen Chiwara confirmed in a recent meeting that he was inviting Manyuchi to discuss the issue.
Chiwara however, said that the bone of contention is that there is a council resolution that says that Manyuchi will undertake the project jointly with council.
“Resolution Number FC 53 (k) of 2016 mentions that there has to be a partnership between Manyuchi and the local authority with regards to the ownership of the academy.
“There is also a letter that went Manyuchi pertaining the offer and this letter says that the land isfor free.
“This letter came to light in 2018 following a probe by the Ministry of Local Government into issues to do with land distribution and ownership at Chikomba,” said Chiwara.
Chiwara insisted that the proper arrangement is a joint where council provides land and Manyuchi provides investment.