89 kicked off Hurungwe game ranch

Source: 89 kicked off Hurungwe game ranch –Newsday Zimbabwe

IN a move likely to restore order and respect for property rights at Ruwanzi Game Ranch in Hurungwe, a Karoi magistrate has ordered the eviction of  89 illegal settlers from the property.

Since the chaotic 2000 land invasions, the ranch had been plunged into disorder after illegal settlers occupied part of the 6 000-hectare game ranch about 35 kilometres east of Karoi town.

The 89 invaders were last week found guilty of settling on the cattle ranch owned by a private player without proper documentation.

In passing sentence, Karoi magistrate Moreblessing Makati said the accused persons had no legal right to occupy Ruwanzi Ranch.

“In addition, a month’s imprisonment is wholly suspended on condition that each of them vacates the said area by 14 November 2022,” Makati ruled.

The complainant was the State represented by Malvin Tendai Mhaka, residing at Plot number 2 Solario Farm, Banket.  He is employed by the Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement ministry and is stationed at Hurungwe district office as principal estates officer.

When police visited the illegal settlers on November 10, none of the settlers produced a valid offer letter, leading to their arrest.

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