Govt Sets Police On Land Barons

Government is cracking the whip on land barons who allocated themselves vast acres of land and fleeced desperate home seekers.

Police have been approached to institute investigations and arrest those fingered in the parcelling out of state and municipal land.

Months after the unearthing of the Caledonia land scandal where land barons gobbled a whooping US$2,8 million after parcelling out state land, the government has finally moved in to crack the whip.

Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister, Saviour Kasukuwere said all those who have been fingered in the stealing and selling of municipal and state land are going to be investigated.

Some land barons have illegally parcelled state land under the guise of the Zanu( PF) party, a situation which cannot be allowed to continue, said Minister Kasukuwere.

“We are encouraging all those who have been fleeced to come forth and provide us with information but we cannot continue seeing the proliferation of illegal structure and invasions of state land,” he added.

In order to ease the housing backlog, the government has come up with an ambitious plan where 90 000 stands are going to be properly allocated.

In Harare, some of the areas identified for the project include Kuwadzana, Tafara, Prospect and Waterfalls.