The Manyame Rural District Council has dismissed claims that it intends to urbanise Seke Rural following the mushrooming of settlements in wards 1, 2, 3, 4, and 8.
Recent reports had claimed that Manyame RDC would soon be granted government permission to urbanise the area – located about 30km south of Harare.
However, in a statement over the weekend, the local authority said only villages incorporated into Murisa Rural Service Centre and Dema Growth Point have been set aside for urbanisation. The Statement read:
Manyame Rural District Council notes with deep concern the mushrooming of new illegal structures in Seke Communal.
Members of the public are hereby strongly warned against illegally occupying land in Seke Communal under the false hope that their structures will be regularised.
Please be advised that there are no plans to urbanise Seke as is being peddled by some unscrupulous individuals.
In line with the 2013 government audit report, only those villages incorporated into Marisa Rural Service Centre and Dema Growth Point are being planned into urban settlements.
The statement further warned land barons against allocating land in Seke communal area without following proper procedures and warned that all illegal structures will be demolished.
All other villages shall remain communal land. It is, therefore, an offence for an individual to sell, allocate or occupy communal land without following laid down procedures.
The right to occupy communal land for any purpose is only granted through a Communal Land Permit which is issued by the council in consultation with Chief Seke and the respective village assemblies.
Any new illegal structures shall, therefore, be demolished without any option for alternative land and the illegal settlers shall be prosecuted.