Families invade forestry land

More than 200 families believed to be Zanu (PF) supporters have invaded forestry land outside the town.

The culprits complain that there is no other land that they can use at the growth point. Council sources say there are plans to relocate the families who are occupying vast tracts of land 10km from Gokwe.

However, the matter has created division as Zanu (PF) sympathizers in the council are dragging their feet so as not to affect their support base. Last year the locals complained to President Robert Mugabe when he visited the town to launch the Women’s Bank that they wanted their stay on the forestry to be legalized.

Gokwe Town Secretary, Tapiwa Marongwe, told ***The Zimbabwean that it was not true that the town had run out of land.

“We actually do have some land that is yet to be pegged. So it’s not an issue of space,” said Marongwe.

He could not, however, confirm reports that the council intends to move the invaders.

“We don’t have eviction plans for those people as yet. The only concerns we have are that their illegal stay compromises environment standards.”

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