At least 100 Gwanda vendors face eviction after Rural Affairs minister Abedinico Ncube, wrote to the municipality applying for the land occupied by small-scale traders in the town’s central business district.
Latest minutes of the council’s environmental and management works committee seen by NewsDay indicate that Ncube’s two sons, Leslie and Justice, were allegedly sold stands worth $10 275,80 and $13 025 by the local authority, although they had not applied for the land in Gwanda town’s upmarket Jacaranda low-density suburb, without appearing on the housing waiting list.
Ncube is said to be interested in the stand opposite Coolland Supermarket along Soudan Street, which shelters scores of vendors. But, Gwanda mayor, Knowledge Ndlovu told NewsDay that there was nothing wrong about Ncube getting a piece of land in the town, as everyone was free to do so. According to council minutes, the minister’s request will be submitted for consideration despite the engineering department insisting that no stands are currently available in central Gwanda.