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    Gutu RDC moves against Mpandawana land barons




    WALTER MAFEKING

    GUTU -
     Gutu Rural District Council (GRDC) has notified all residents who bought land within the peri-urban areas of Mpandawana Town after the boundary was gazetted in 1991 to report to the local authority offices immediately.
    The GRDC chief executive officer, Alexander Mutembwa said the move to audit the land was being done because there are unscrupulous land barons who are selling land in the town and these include village heads and land barons.
    The CEO also gave a stern warning that all those found on the wrong side of the law will be reported to the Police and prosecuted.
    The notice said that the illegal selling of the land was rampant in four villages namely Mukadziwasha, Munangarwa, Mpandwana and Mharadze.
    The notice said that in accordance with Regional, Town and Country Planning Act (Chapter 29:12) section 26 and Communal Lands Act, Gutu RDC referred to as the Local Planning Authority has the mandate to allocate land and issue development permits.
    Mpandawana Town planner Joseph Ndahwi said the matter was serious when he spoke in an interview with The Mirror.
    "We learnt that a number of village heads and some individuals are illegally involved in selling land which is against the law. This is happening in areas like Mukadziwasha, Mpandawana, Mharadze and Munangarwa.
    "We also noticed that the practise is also rampant among Mpandawana and Mukadziwasha village heads.
    "All those who bought land from Village Heads, Land barons and individuals must report to Council before Council carries its land audit and they must report such activities to Police or Council," he said.local news
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