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Umguza villagers revolt over land

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VILLAGERS in Ward 14 at East Junction in Umguza district clashed with their village head George Ncube on Saturday accusing him of clandestinely selling land to locals based in South Africa.

BY BENSON DUBE

Ncube is allegedly working in cahoots with certain government officials in the Lands Department based at Tredgold Building in Bulawayo.

Some lands officers were reportedly fired sometime back due to corrupt activities.

A villager, George Siwela, told Southern Eye that the fight began when a Zimbabwean based in South Africa came with a truck loaded with pit sand. This angered villagers as they had not been informed of the new settler.

For several hours, villagers blocked the truck from offloading the sand as scores of disgruntled villagers were demanding their money back from the village head.

“A man from South Africa came at the Junction with a truck full of sand and as we did not know him, we blocked him and demanded to know who had allocated him the stand,” Siwela said.

“There was commotion until we discovered that Ncube was behind the illegal sale of stands at Umguza. He is actually working in cahoots with lands officers based at Tredgold in Bulawayo. Some people who had come to view their stands were quizzed and ended up demanding their money back from Ncube.”

However, Ncube denied illegally selling the stands claiming that he was working with traditional leaders.

“I do not sell stands and when we give out stands I do it with the headman and the chief. Those that are crying foul are misguided,” Ncube said.

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