Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement Dr Douglas Mombeshora and Local Government Public Works and National Housing Minister Saviour Kasukuwere last week held a joint Press conference on illegal settlements. Mombeshora said Government was concerned by the growing problem of illegal settlements with land barons continuing to sell State land on farms and undesignated areas. He said all farms around Harare remained State land.
Following information received from the public, the law enforcement agents are currently looking for one Mr Gombiro and a Mr Juche who are alleged to have been parcelling out State land at Kimcott and Xekene Farms respectively. We warn individuals engaged in the same illegal activities that the long arm of the law will catch up with them soon. Government is determined to bring these individuals to face the full wrath of the law.
Kasukuwere encouraged Zimbabweans not to buy land from land barons and said,
We want to call upon our people to desist from buying and following individuals who will tell them that there is land available for sale. There is no such (thing) until they prove that they have a developer’s permit and have been sanctioned by the State, and have the necessary authority and the key infrastructure has been put in place. There should be roads, water and sewer system.