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THE ministry of local government has warned unsuspecting civil servants working in rural areas to be on the lookout for bogus land barons who are claiming to be selling residential stands.

Permanent secretary, George Mlilo, said there was an upsurge in cases of desperate home seekers being fleeced of their hard earned cash by bogus private land developers.

He said most of the victims were desperate civil servants based in the rural areas.

“Some of these bogus property developers go as far as the rural areas, targeting unsuspecting civil servants and dupe them of their hard earned cash on the pretext that they would, one day, be property owners,” said Mlilo.

“It is against this background that the ministry is warning members of the public to desist from purchasing stands without due diligence, by way of verifying the legality of the land sales and occupation,” he said.

He also warned the land barons against parcelling out state or local council land and urged those occupying such land to remove all the illegal structures.

“There has been rampant fleecing of desperate home seekers and prospective home owners by unscrupulous and bogus private land developers.

“The ministry has also noted with great concern that there has been incessant illegal occupation of swathes of state and council land that are reserved for government and council uses respectively in various parts of the country, with Harare Metropolitan province being the most affected,” said Mlilo.

Harare Metropolitan province includes the capital city, Chitungwiza, Norton, Ruwa and Epworth.

In Chitungwiza and Epworth council employees, councillors and well-connected political party functionaries are reportedly involved in the illegal selling of the land.

Mlilo urged home seekers to approach his ministry or respective local councils only if they wanted land.

Source : New Zimbabwe