Blessings Chidakwa Mash West Correspondent
THE Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement Dr Douglas Mombeshora has read the riot act to youths invading farms and illegally setting up structures across Mashonaland West Province, saying such indiscipline is unacceptable.
Addressing Zanu-pf party members during the Mashonaland West Provincial Coordinating Committee (PCC) on Monday, Minister Mombeshora issued a stern warning to youths, who were illegally allocating themselves pieces of land in various farms across the province, saying they should stop immediately or face prosecution.
“Illegal settlers, mostly youths invading farms, should stop that exercise,” he said.
Minister Mombeshora, however, said youths were free to approach his office for proper allocation of land.
“As youths, search for an appropriate piece of land, which you think can be suitable for you, and approach Government, it will assist you to take ownership of that land lawfully,” he said.
Dr Mombeshora warned people occupying rural State land without lawful authority that they were committing serious crimes. Mashonaland West Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Cde Webster Shamu also noted that those failing to vacate illegally occupied land will be evicted and prosecuted.
“Youths, let’s stop illegal settling. MaYouths agere kumafuro emombe ngavabve izvozvi kugare kuri ready for cattle. Such indiscipline is unacceptable,” he said.
The warning comes amid reports that youths continue occupying undesignated rural State land, with some being duped of their hard-earned cash by land barons who promise to protect them.