Ntabazinduna People Served With Eviction Notices

Some villagers in Ntabazinduna, Umguza district, Matabeleland North province, face eviction to pave way for the installation of power lines by the country’s power utility.

NewsDay reports that the project is likely to affect about 10 families staying near Tenson Hlabangana High School.

The development comes amid reports of planned eviction of Ntabazinduna villagers to pave way for mining projects deemed to be of national interest.

Southern Eye heard that the affected villagers had been given notice of eviction, but were yet to be allocated alternative land.

Matabeleland North Provincial Affairs minister Richard Moyo said the villagers would be allocated land elsewhere to pave way for any national projects. He said:

_I am yet to be informed about that._

_However, such electrification projects are national and definitely, they will be given alternative accommodation elsewhere. As long as it is a government project, they will be accommodated elsewhere where beautiful homes will be built for them._

Of late, land disputes involving corporates and villagers have been commonplace in the region, resulting in Matabeleland South traditional leaders writing to President Emmerson Mnangagwa seeking his intervention.

Traditional leaders argue that they are not being consulted in the allocation of land to corporates in their areas of jurisdiction.

In a letter to Mnangagwa dated May 16, Chief Jahana said processes and procedures should only be bypassed when we are in a state of emergency. He added:

_Failure to do so makes the whole native Matabeleland inhabitants feel or think that you have mortgaged their future for the economic gains of your family after your retirement from active political office as head of State._

He was expressing concerns over the issuance of an exclusive prospecting order (EPO) to Premier African Minerals for lithium mining in the Fort Rixon area, which falls under his jurisdiction, without his knowledge.

More: Pindula News; NewsDay

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