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Harare South legislator Cde Shadreck Mashayamombe (Zanu-PF) has warned people in his constituency against buying land for residential purposes at Amsterdam Farm, saying it was private property owned by the Ziko family. Cde Mashayamombe said the party’s provincial executive led by Cde Amos Midzi had since issued a warning against some party functionaries who were illegally acquiring land and parcelling it out.

In an interview yesterday, Cde Mashayamombe said those who bought the land from unscrupulous party functionaries risked losing their money and eviction as only the Ziko family had legitimate title to it.

He said people with queries should approach the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing for clarification.

Cde Mashayamombe’s remarks follow reports that he was embroiled in ownership wrangle with some party functionaries in the constituency over Amsterdam Farm.

“These party functionaries have subdivided a farm which accommodates 1 500 residential stands into 3 000 stands and are now selling them,” he said.

“Anyone who wants to have a clear picture of the legal status of that property should approach the Ministry of Local Government who would confirm that the Ziko family has a permit to that property.”

“My duty as an MP is to pronounce party and Government position. Never should I be seen or heard making pronouncement to the contrary.”

Cde Mashayamombe said initial efforts by Government to acquire the farm for agricultural purposes failed after it turned out that the property had a permit issued by the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing.

He said the stance he has taken to pronounce the position of the party saw him being demonised by some elements within the party.

Cde Mashayamombe denied allegations that he had threatened reporters from The People’s Voice, the Zanu-PF weekly publication, for carrying stories critical of him over his stance on the farm.

Source : The Herald