Minister of Local Government Saviour Kasukuwere has admitted that his ministry is failing to adequately deal with the scourge of land barons. According to Kasukuweure, after invading state land, the land barons, named their cooperatives after members of the first family to make it seem as if they had political cover and to intimidate officials from the local authorities.
Responding to questions in the Senate, Kasukuwere said:
Some (land barons) have hidden behind political cover.
Some have gone to the extent of giving these pieces of land names of prominent politicians to wade off authorities from dealing with them.
They will call this (former Vice President) Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Housing Co-operative, “unopasvika sei?
They will call it (President Mugabe’s son, Bellarmine) Chatunga Co-operative, Mai Grace Mugabe Co-operative just to try and abuse the names of our leadership for their nefarious objectives. We have said no more to that.
Kasukuwere then urged all cooperatives to stop using the names of prominent people or their families without permission.
Do not give names without authority from those leaders, let alone their families. It must be approved.
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