Beneficiaries of the land reform programme who are fearful of being on the wrong side of the law are reportedly making hay while the sun still shines, as it were.
It is alleged that countless numbers of people, especially the politically connected who own multiple farms, are already changing names on offer letters to trusted relatives’ names to avoid repossession.
According to the Zimbabwe Morning Post, in Matabeleland North Province, multiple farm owners are daily inundating the district land offices to change ownership of the land.
The publication’s source said that this defeats the whole purpose of a land audit;
Multiple farm owners are busy changing ownership in a move that is defeating the whole purpose of the land audit.
What they simply do is they change the names on the offer letters to their trusted relatives’ names and retain the farms.
The government is carrying out a nationwide land audit to deal with the issue of multiple farm ownership among other issues.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa revealed recently that former First Lady Grace Mugabe owns more than 16 farms.
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