Land barons invade CAAZ ‘red zone’

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THERE is chaos in the Harare South Constituency where a consortium of land barons are allegedly parceling out land that belongs to the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe(CAAZ), Zim Morning Post can reveal.

The land is located at number 315 Retreat Farm and is legally owned by CAAZ as a ‘red zone’.

In a letter dated October 22  and directed to Minister of State for Provincial  Affairs, the complainants proved that the land was temporarily given to one L Gwandu and others on July  16 by CAAZ.

The land was given to us on temporary basis and lease agreement, on the 15 July 2019 but it was invaded by a group of land barons”, wrote Gwandu in statement.

The accused are Forbes Manyeruke, Aaron Chingodora, Fatmos Tsikira, Shallon Taderera, Shelter Kadzvede, Jessi Chizondo, Parddigton Chagwiza, Tafadzwa Tsikira, John Gomba, Simbarashe Sekai, Laurance Musandirire, Jinnie Kamudyaruki, Tonderai Mudzamiri, Tinashe Maideyi, Paul Suryeyor, Innocent Mutizwa, Zivanai Chidetse, Kashungu Mutasa, Mai Ever and MaiDillions of Dry Holes Retreat Farm in Waterfalls.

“As we are talking the land barons on the list destroyed the surrounding fence, taking away all fence poles, cutting down trees and now they are illegally pegging the land for residential stands and the land is mainly sold to foreigners,”Gwandu said.

“Above all they are selling stands in areas reserved for schools , churches, railway lines, playing grounds , clinics or hospitals and the Honourable member of the House of Assembly for Harare South Tongai Mnangagwa is being misled to make it appear as if everything is above board.

“Most of the land under civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe is occupied and not sold to various peoples as far as Glenview, Budiriro, Chitungwiza , Epworth and other surroundings areas, “said Gwandu.

Building of permanent structures in the area is prohibited but to our surprise people are building permanent structures,” added.

The issue of land baron has posed a sticking issue in the governance of local town boards and ZANU PF youth league has threatened to  report them to  Zimbabwe Anti -Corruption Commission.

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