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    16 000 illegal settlers face eviction in Chiredzi



    MORRIS BISHI
    CHIREDZI BUREAU

    CHIREDZI
    – Over 16 000 people settled illegally by village heads, headmen, chiefs, Zanu PF and Government officials are facing eviction after the September 6, 2016 deadline for them to  move passed.
    This is because the unplanned settlements are causing unprecedented environmental degradation.
    The Minister of Lands Douglas Mombeshora publicised warnings in the Press that illegal settlers should go back to their original homes and the due date was September 6, 2016.
    The Mirror is reliably informed that police are on standby to evict the settlers and were last week fully equipped with new riot gear and their targets are Lundi Section, Buffalo Range, Eaglemont, Masapasi and other areas.
    Chiredzi district has one of the highest numbers of illegal settlers due to the high number of farms within its vicinity. In Chiredzi North there are over 13 000 and Chiredzi West has 3000 settlers who are at risk of eviction because they don't have documents for their settlement there.
    Some beneficiaries in Chiredzi North are accusing the current MP Robert Mukwena of illegally settling them. Some said they paid money to war veterans for the land.
    Mukwena confirmed that his constituency is the most affected if the evictions proceed. He refuted allegations that he settled any people and he blamed factionalism within Zanu PF and loopholes within the Ministry of Lands as reasons which caused the illegal settlements. He also said the matter will be discussed at national level as it will affect many people.
    "My constituency is the most affected in Chiredzi as 13 000 settlers are facing the chop. These are the people who voted me during the previous election and what is happening is sabotage being caused by our people. I was not involved in parcelling out land but loopholes within the Lands Ministry created the problem and the matter will be discussed this Wednesday in Harare" said Mukwena.
    MP for Chiredzi West Darlington Chiwa said his area will see 3000 people being evicted. He said the move is ill-timed as it works against the government. He called on the Ministry of Lands to regularise the settlers instead of evicting them.
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