By A Correspondent- Zanu PF officials who grabbed land from former white commercial farmers are fraudulently reselling the same land to ordinary landless citizens.
This was revealed by the Anxious Masuka, the minister of Lands.
Masuka, who has labelled these people “criminals,” said they were also forging his signatures on the papers they are using to sell the land to unsuspected citizens.
“Criminal gangs are taking advantage of those who still believe corruption is rife in Government circles, despite the evidence that it is not tolerated, to sell fake offer letters of farms for bribes ranging from US$350 to US$3 000,” said Masuka.
The price depends on the size of the farm and its location.
Under land reform, allocations are free, although farmers granted land rights are expected to pay local authority taxes and other charges. But some think they can oil the wheels with cash, or even beasts, and these are the people the criminals prey on.
The criminals forge signatures of lands allocation officers while some have even gone to the extent of forging the signature of the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement.