Govt warns illegal settlers

Housing shortages have resulted in many unplanned settlements in Harare

Housing shortages have resulted in many unplanned settlements in Harare

Lovemore Meya Herald Correspondent
Government has strongly warned unruly elements reportedly taking the law into their own hands by illegally occupying State land, saying the offenders will be dealt with accordingly.

In a statement yesterday, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Lands and Rural Resettlement Ambassador Grace Mutandiro rapped the occupation of State land without lawful authority.

“The ministry is receiving disturbing reports of some people taking the law into their own hands and moving on to occupy State land without lawful authority, and, in some cases, land already properly allocated to other beneficiaries,” said Ambassador Mutandiro.

“Accordingly, the ministry wishes to inform the general public, in particular those residing in resettlement areas, that any disregard to the above directive will be dealt with strongly in terms of the law and the precepts of Operation Restore Legacy.

“Those who are beneficiaries of the land reform risk losing their allocated pieces of land if found to be party to illegal occupation of other people’s properties in their neighbourhood or elsewhere.

“Land beneficiaries holding on to offer letters, but not yet in occupation of allocated land should follow due process in consultation with the Ministry of Lands and Rural Resettlement. The Gazetted Land (Consequential Provisions) Act Chapter (20:28), Section 3 (1) criminalises the occupation of State land without lawful authority. Lawful authority is defined as offer letter, permit or lease.”

Ambassador Mutandiro urged the public to maintain peace and order.

“The ministry is, therefore, urging members of the public to maintain the peace that has been prevailing since the onset of Operation Restore Legacy,” she said. “All Provincial Resettlement Officers and the general public are urged to report incidents of self-help that may occur so that appropriate action is taken immediately.”

In his inauguration speech on Friday, President Emmerson Mnangagwa exhorted people to readily embrace each other in defining a new destiny, stating that the task at hand was of rebuilding the country.

Ambassador Mutandiro said: “Regarding the Land Reform Programme, he (President Mnangagwa) highlighted that ‘ownership and management of this key resource is central to national stability and to sustained economic recovery.

“We do not prevaricate on this issue. Beneficiaries of the land reform programme are called upon to demonstrate commitment to the utilisation of the land for national food security and for the recovery of our economy.”

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  • Thetruthshallcome

    Go to Nyikayaramba village under Nyanga district, Nyamaropa where you will witness people settling themselves along a very sloping Nyanga range. They are wantomly cutting down bush fruit trees and starting irrigation. The land is unbearably slipping but they decided to settle there on their own. This is an area where river sources are located. If nothing is done sooner than later then govt will be feeding a lot of people because of drought. The people who settled there are from Marweyi and Murengami villages. The respective heads are hopeless.
    MP, council and police pliz assist. The time of corruption is over.

  • Mungandidii

    Some time back Mombeshora and Mahofa threatened to evict all illegal settlers but nothing ever happened. Masabhuku nemadzishe vari kuita zvavanoda vachigadza vanhu vasina tsamba kumafuro depriving legal settlers of pastures

  • moholo

    Ini ndakatorerwa stand yakange ndasiirwa nasekuru baba wamai wangu kwa SEKE pakaitwa zvechitsotsi, munhu wacho arikuramba kumbva ipapo, instead akatondimhan’garira kucourt, mapepa akafogerwa..