While the world is reeling under the coronavirus pandemic, with over 20 000 deaths recorded worldwide, the 338 Ordinarily Session of the ZANU PF Politburo was held on Wednesday were delegates discussed “immensely” the need for the government to regularise illegal settlements around major cities.
The party’s secretary for Administration Obert Mpofu told journalists after the meeting that the issue was raised by the party’s deputy secretary for the Youth League, Tendai Chirau. The Herald quotes Mpofu as saying:
The general feeling among the leadership of the party is that there was a rampant illegal allocation of land in the peri-urban areas of most of our cities.
This was done on land, which is owned by the State, but individuals at the time allowed people to settle on those pieces of land illegally.
The feeling of the Politburo is that instead of disturbing the settlers that were illegally allocated land through nefarious activities of people in leadership positions, Government should formalise the settlements.
Mpofu added that the Politburo acknowledged that there is a need for the government to compensate those who were dispossessed of their land through the illegal activities and then compensate them for their land that had been occupied illegally.