Be­ware of bogus land deal­ers: Min­is­ter Shiri

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Elita Chik­wati Se­nior Agri­cul­ture Re­porter

LANDS, Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral Re­set­tle­ment Min­is­ter Air Chief Mar­shal (Re­tired) Per­rance Shiri has dis­tanced him­self from bogus land deal­ers who are mas­querad­ing as of­fi­cials in his min­istry or his rel­a­tives and con­ning des­per­ate land seek­ers.

Min­is­ter Shiri ac­knowl­edged that a lot of peo­ple had been conned and warned the pub­lic against deal­ing with such peo­ple say­ing they risked los­ing their money.

He said land al­lo­ca­tion was not the pre­rog­a­tive of the Shiri fam­ily but the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the State.

“I am aware that some peo­ple mas­querad­ing as of­fi­cers in my min­istry or my rel­a­tives are us­ing my name to lie to peo­ple that they can fa­cil­i­tate land and in the process a lot of peo­ple have been conned.

“I have been ad­vised there is a per­son, Mary Shiri, who was in­volved in such fraud­u­lent ac­tiv­i­ties. The is­sue to do with land al­lo­ca­tion is not fam­ily af­fair; not a Shiri af­fair. My sib­lings, rel­a­tives and chil­dren have noth­ing to do with the al­lo­ca­tion of land.

“This is a na­tional duty and Gov­ern­ment has got its right­ful em­ploy­ees; civil ser­vants, from district level up to na­tional level. We have lands of­fi­cers at var­i­ous lev­els and those are the peo­ple charged with the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of land and for rec­om­mend­ing the al­lo­ca­tion of land to ap­pli­cants,” he said.

Min­is­ter Shiri said Min­is­ters of State for Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs were also in­volved in the process of iden­ti­fy­ing land.

“Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of ben­e­fi­cia­ries is not the re­spon­si­bil­ity of my of­fice; but for lower ech­e­lons. Mine is just to con­firm the ac­cu­racy of the in­for­ma­tion availed and we then ap­prove the rec­om­men­da­tion for the al­lo­ca­tion of the land.

“Who­ever de­cides to part with their money think­ing that it will al­low them ac­cess to land will be mis­lead­ing one­self. I hope I will not have to re­peat this once again.

“There are no pro­cess­ing fees charged when ap­ply­ing for land,” he said.

Min­is­ter Shiri

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