War veterans in Masvingo province have slammed Provincial Affairs Minister, Ezra Chadzamira, for allegedly trying to withdraw offer letters given to them.
They claim that the provincial minister is acting contrary to a directive issued by the Lands Minister, Perrance Shiri. The veterans wrote a letter to Chadzamira relating to Cambria Farm, which reads in part:
The farm was identified suitable for game farming (conservancy) by the provincial lands committee chaired by the then provincial governor JD Hungwe and a resolution was endorsed by then Minister of Lands, the late John Nkomo in 2005 after an all stakeholders meeting with 110 participants.
The current minister of lands Cde Perence Shiri in June this year also wrote to all provinces instructing priority in the allocation of land to war veterans and that in the event of land disputes, under no circumstances should war veterans have his or her offer letter cancelled.
It is in this background that our members who were allocated land during the height of the land redistribution programme feel victimized by your office as there are multiple reports of war vets being victims under the ongoing land resettlement.
You are in contempt honourable minister of trying to withdraw offer letters given to war veterans and this is inconsistent with the government policy and a legal ruling.