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    Chief Masunda demands compensation for urban expansion


    ZVISHAVANE - Chief Masunda of Zvishavane has demanded that 40 villagers under him be compensated for the grazing land they have lost due to the expansion of the town of Zvishavane.
    He said that compensation must be made by Runde Rural District Council and Zvishavane Town Council.
    Chief Masunda was responding to complaints by Zvishavane residents that donkeys and cattle from his area were straying into town and have become a nuisance. Making an emotional remark, Masunda said that the reason there was a lot of stock coming into town was because the grazing fields for those cattle have been turned into residential stands by the two local authorities.
    He made the demand while addressing people who attended Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service's Family week at Zvishavane Prison last week.
    The residents complained that the cattle and donkeys were destroying vegetable gardens and sometimes causing road accidents.
    Masunda labeled leaders at the two local authorities as selfish leaders as they were gaining mileage at the expense of the ordinary villagers. He said while it was necessary to expand Zvishavane there is an equal need to address the issue of the land taken way from poor peasant.
    Villages from Four Mile, Kosvoro, Siboza, Emthonjeni among others areas have lost their land to the two local authorities.
    "I have received complaints about cattle, goats and donkeys that are straying into town but let me put the record straight today. The livestock you see in urban areas are here because they have lost land due to urban expansion. Over 40 villagers lost their grazing field and they have not been compensated," he said.
    Zvishavane Runde MP, Fred Moyo said he was going to engage all stakeholders on the issue of the compensation.
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