Minister for Local Government July Moyo has warned land developers illegally allocating land in residential areas in the Midlands province that the long arm of the law will catch up with them.
Minister Moyo bemoaned the parcelling out of land to home seekers on wetlands and near rivers in towns such as Gweru, Gokwe and Shurugwi. He said:
There are some people who are just building houses on undesignated places without the knowledge of council and this is rampant in urban areas.
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For instance, here in Gweru near MSU, there is a housing scheme which allocated people land close to the river and other wetlands. We can’t allow that.
In the Midlands province, this has been happening in Shurugwi, Gokwe, Zvishavane and many other towns. Those who did that will be dealt with. That is why there is a commission.
Minister Moyo was addressing stakeholders at a devolution meeting in Gweru on Friday last week.