Zanu-PF re­solves to evict il­le­gal set­tlers

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nduduzo Tshuma Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor

ZANU-PF Mata­bele­land North prov­ince in con­junc­tion with the Min­istry of Lands and Ru­ral Set­tle­ment has made a res­o­lu­tion to chuck out il­le­gal set­tlers who are abus­ing the party’s name to in­vade prop­er­ties in the prov­ince.

Party provin­cial chair­per­son, Cde Richard Moyo, said a re­cent Provin­cial Co­or­di­nat­ing Com­mit­tee meet­ing re­solved that all those who set­tled them­selves should be chucked out from the re­spec­tive pieces of land.

“The meet­ing re­solved that the dis­trict land of­fi­cers iden­tify all the il­le­gal set­tlers and the is­sue is dealt with ac­cord­ingly. There are those who af­ter the land re­form pro­gramme il­le­gally set­tled them­selves on land al­lo­cated to oth­ers and we want to cor­rect that,” said Cde Moyo.

“We also have the is­sue of Tote farm where there was con­flict be­tween set­tlers and the po­lice. We have re­solved that the po­lice live har­mo­niously with the more than 50 house­holds that were set­tled on that farm.”

In Umguza dis­trict, Cde Moyo said, there were il­le­gal set­tlers at Heaney Junc­tion where more than 100 house­holds mostly from Mata­bele­land South were set­tled out­side the law.

“We also have an­other head­man who was sup­posed to pre­side over 30 plus house­holds but we un­der­stand that there are more than 200 house­holds there. We have asked the dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tor to write those peo­ple and no­tify them that they must move,” he said. “We will also en­list the ser­vices of the po­lice to make sure that these il­le­gal set­tlers are re­moved be­cause the Govern­ment is the only au­thor­ity with the man­date of dis­tribut­ing land.” Cde Moyo said there were ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the land re­form who still had no doc­u­men­ta­tion. “There are those who were set­tled by the com­rades in 2000 and 2005 dur­ing the fast track land re­form pro­gramme. As for those we have asked the dis­trict and provin­cial land com­mit­tee to look into their is­sues so that they get re­dress and proper doc­u­men­ta­tion,” he said. Cde Moyo warned peo­ple to de­sist from abus­ing the Zanu-PF name in the com­mis­sion of crimes in­clud­ing il­le­gal dis­tri­bu­tion of land. “Those peo­ple are crim­i­nals and we want to dis­as­so­ci­ate the party from such el­e­ments. The Dis­trict and Provin­cial Land Com­mit­tees are the ones that han­dle land is­sues and not in­di­vid­u­als who want to take away peo­ple’s monies and set­tle them il­le­gally,” he said. Mean­while, the prov­ince will hold a work­shop fa­cil­i­tated by the Her­bert Chitepo School of Ide­ol­ogy to­day. “It is meant for our lead­er­ship, Cen­tral Com­mit­tee mem­bers, Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment, heads of de­part­ments in the prov­ince and dis­trict chair­per­sons to teach them about the coun­try’s his­tory. We want them to have knowl­edge of the party’s ide­ol­ogy so that in their var­i­ous po­si­tions of lead­er­ship, they im­part the party’s prin­ci­ples to the peo­ple,” said Cde Moyo.

Cde Richard Moyo

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