The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has arrested 12 suspected land barons for illegally parcelling out land to desperate home seekers in Harare.
The arrests were confirmed by national Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi in a statement. He said:
Police have stepped up investigations on all reported cases of fraud involving the illegal sale of land in Harare. This has seen a lot of suspects from different housing cooperatives being arrested and taken to court.
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… this operation is an on-going exercise targeting land barons who have been duping unsuspecting desperate people. We also urge members of the public who were duped by any land baron to go to the nearest police station immediately and make a report.
Some of the arrested suspected land barons belong to Vanhuvatema Housing Co-operative, Epworth Mission Development Trust, Pungwe Chimurenga Housing Cooperative, and Hannah Housing Co-operative.
Members of the public who were duped by the unscrupulous land barons have been advised to immediately approach the police for help.