Land dis­pute in Pemba turns vi­o­lent

The African - - ZANZIBAR BEAT -

A TUG of war be­tween vil­lagers and lo­cal of­fi­cials in Ki­uyuMazi­wang’ombe vil­lage, Micheweni Dis­trict, North Pemba turned ex­plo­sive af­ter vil­lagers chased away and de­manded res­ig­na­tion of their com­mu­nity leader (sheha), al­leg­ing that she sold land to an in­vestor against their will.

Re­ports said peo­ple in the vil­lage started gath­er­ing on Wed­nes­day night and Thurs­day morn­ing last week shout­ing: “We have no trust in Sheha and want her to leave.”

“Res­i­dents sur­rounded the home of the Sheha and dam­aged it by ston­ing, then turned on her trees far and cut down all the plants and smashed about two thou­sand build­ing blocks owned by the com­mu­nity leader,” said ACP Nas­sir.

ACP Nas­sir, Re­gional Po­lice Com­man­der (RPC) for North Pemba es­ti­mated the cost of the dam­aged prop­er­ties to be be­tween 15m/- and 20m/-.

He said one-hun­dred sus­pects were in po­lice cus­tody by week’s end. “We are still hunt­ing for other sus­pects who also at­tempted to burn Sheha’s house and re­sist po­lice op­er­a­tion by throw­ing

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