Villager, authorities in deadlock over land in Zim
from REGERAI PEPUKAI in Masvingo, Zimbabwe
MASVINGO – A Member of Parliament (MP) for Zaka in Masvingo, south of Zimbabwe, has differed with a local rural district council over plans to evict more than 6 000 villagers to pave way for the expansion of a growth point.
The council has set July 26 as the deadline for all the villagers occupying so-called illegal structures to vacate them.
However Member of Parliament for the area, Paradza Chakona, has resisted such plans arguing that council should regularize the settlements and obtain alternative means for the villagers.
“I strong object these demolitions because these people have been on this land for years,” said Chakona.
“Council should just regularize these settlements and give the villagers an option to buy the land for residential purposes,” he said.
Some of the villagers have vowed to stay put arguing that they were paying unit tax to council on an annual basis.
One of the villagers, Alex Chinyaka, said he would not vacate the land but threatened court action against the local authority.
“We were given this land by village heads and all along we have been. We are currently mobilizing resources as villagers in order to mount a court challenge against the local authority,” he added.
Local authorities could not be reached for comment.
– CAJ News
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