Blessings Chidakwa Mash West Correspondent
MINISTER of Lands and Rural Settlement Dr Douglas Mombeshora has read the riot act on youths evading farms and illegally setting up structures across Mashonaland West Province saying such indiscipline was unacceptable.
Addressing Zanu-PF party members during the Mashonaland West Provincial Coordinating Committee on Monday, Minister Mombeshora issued a stern warning to youths, who were illegally allocating themselves pieces of land in various farms across the province. He said they should stop immediately as Government was prepared to deal with those rogue elements.
“Illegal settlers mostly youths invading farms should stop that exercise,” he said.
Minister Mombeshora 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, in an ultimatum last month, said anyone who is still occupying rural State land without lawful authority is committing a serious crime. Mashonaland West Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Cde Webster Shamu echoed the same sentiments.
“Youths let us 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 to occupy undesignated rural state land with some being duped of their hard earned cash by land barons who promise to protect them. The Government also urged all legally settled farmers to report any encroachment on their land to their district and land officers.