Ex-policeman Spencer Muchamiri has been fingered as the ring leader in the campaign to frustrate Cyber City investors’ progress in road construction.
The futuristic Cybercity is projected to anchor what authorities view as the new capital city or the New Harare in the Mount Hampden area, 26 kilometres northwest of Harare.
Estimated at $500 million, Zimbabwe Cyber City is being developed by United Arab Emirates-based industrial conglomerate Mulk International.
Muchamiri, together with a group of unidentified fraudsters, are allegedly working to derail road construction progress by targeting one special Presidential investment advisor, Paul Temper Tungwarara.
Tungwarara is a presidential investment advisor currently working with billionaire investors on the construction and surfacing of roads at the newly unveiled multi-million dollar Cyber City.
The building project will include 250 townhouses, more than 80 luxury villas, apartment blocks, high-tech office facilities, a 15-story commercial tower, and landscaped gardens.
Speaking on the derailment of progress in the project, Norton Member of Parliament Themba Mliswa told the media that the fraudsters sought to destroy an honest black business.
He further rebuked the fraudsters for throwing mud at the project.
”It’s a great project, but it seems like there will always be people who are envious when they see someone they grew up with in Mbare or Highfields succeed. Pull him down syndrome is not a good thing. He’s done well, and we should acknowledge and accept that.
“Why can’t we accept the success of one of our own? Tungwarara is a trustworthy individual I previously worked with at Salt Lakes Holdings. We were also working together to turn around the Shamuyarira Farm, and we’ll be having a field day there soon.
“The majority of these accusers are extortionists,” Themba rebuked.
This comes after one local publication reported that Tungwarara had defrauded some local businessmen in dubious dealings. The publication further claimed that he had also used President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s name in some of these business dealings – a matter which Mr Tungwarara denies.