More than 2 000 families in Chiredzi district face demolition of their homes after the government declared that they acquired the land illegally in contravention of Section 3 of the Gazetted Lands Act Chapter 20:28.
The government issued directive through the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement that all illegal settlers in resettlement areas should be evicted.
The directive to evict the settlers was confirmed by Chiredzi District Administrator Mr Lovemore Chisema. He said:
Yes, we received a directive from the Ministry of Lands to undertake an eviction programme mainly targeting illegal settlers in Chiredzi.
We have been meeting with the district joint operations command members and currently, we are consulting relevant stakeholders to see how best we can undertake the process.
Minister of State for Masvingo province Ezra Chadzamira insisted that the eviction process will go on as per the government directive. Said Chadzamira:
This process is not targeting everyone; it is targeting those who illegally invaded land without the approval from the government.
We want order in our country so we don’t allow people to act in a manner that compromises the development of our country.