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Land barons under the spotlight

The government says the net is closing in on land barons and bogus housing cooperatives who are duping unsuspecting home seekers of their hard-earned cash.

The Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province, Senator Oliver Chidawu has vowed to leave no stone unturned in addressing the housing challenges in the province which have seen the illegal sale of land designated for facilities such as schools and recreation.

Addressing a press conference in Harare this Tuesday Senator Chidawu said, “My concern in this matter is to ensure that the residents of lot 14 Aspindale Park are accorded an opportunity to acquire the land within the confines of the law.”

Responding to questions from the media, Provincial Development Coordinator, Mr Tafadzwa Muguti revealed that they have already established a task force which will look into the credibility of all land developers and cooperatives in the province, saying prosecution is imminent.

“We are concerned that ten or so cooperative leaders continue to violently thwart efforts to find a solution that balances the well-being of residents and respecting property rights.”

Meanwhile, Glenview residents are up in arms with the Harare City Council for failing to address corruption in land allocation with some of the council officials who have other cases before the courts being implicated in land scams in the area.

“We are tired and we don’t want to see this going on unattended as council officials especially some councillors in this area are using their offices to sell council land without authority and some are building on land set aside for recreation.”

A clampdown on corruption involving the sale of land is continuing, with several senior council officials being taken to court.

Source — ZBC News online

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