Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, Davis Marapira warned the public of fraudsters pretending to be Perrance Shiri or representing him, who demand money from unsuspecting land seekers.
Marapira said it was possible the fraudsters were working within his ministry because they have details about land applications. Said Marapira:
The modus operandi behind the fraudulent activities is that several individuals have been phoned by an individual or individuals purporting to be Minister Shiri or representing him. The bogus persons would communicate that the recipient’s application for land has been approved or that its processing is at an advanced stage before demanding money.
Marapira said the fraudsters were using the number 0772944530, which is registered under Mercey Shiri who is not related to Minister Shiri. He said the Minister does not charge land seekers administration fees or any levy for processing applications.