Ministry officials transferred over land deals 

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Blessings Mashaya

SENIOR STAFF WRITER

mashayab@dailynews.co.zw

LANDS minister Anxious Masuka has transferred officials from Masvingo and Midlands provinces to curb illegal land distribution.

Responding to a question from Chief Fortune Charumbira in the Senate, Masuka said when he heard rumours that ministry employees in the provinces were involved in shady land deals, he immediately transferred them.

“Those who were in Masvingo were sent to Midlands and those who were in Midlands were sent elsewhere. We thought this would bring the shady land deals to an end. But we have noticed that the gravity of this issue is more than we expected. It is an issue that we need to address as a united force,” Masuka said.

He added that his ministry was also currently seized with the matter of people who were occupying land without government approval.

“When we were planning for resettlement under different schemes such as A1, people were given land that had pastures, but now in some of the areas, homes are being built on such land due to corruption.

“The government is disturbed by such happenings. What we have done is to send people to disseminate information to stop these corrupt tendencies. Those who have built on such areas and the people who avail that land, are both guilty.

“We are also looking at the matter of engaging the District Lands Committee to emphasise that it is not progressive to just building anywhere. My request is for all of us in this august House to assist us with such a challenge.

“The pastures are important. We wanted this to be well-planned and to engage in productive farming that will uplift the nation. If you come across such individuals, it is important to bring the information forward so that we work together and address the matter and bring such tendencies to an end,” Masuka added.

LANDS minister Anxious Masuka has transferred officials from Masvingo and Midlands provinces to curb illegal land distribution.

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