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invaders lose protection
November 10, 2006
Mugabe has assented to the Gazetted
Land (Consequential Provisions) Bill of 2006, which repeals
the Rural Land
Occupiers (Protection from Eviction) Act that shielded farm
land invaders will now be exposed to evictions after they were used
to campaign for Zanu PF in elections by occupying farms.
of the law means that it is now punishable by law to hold, use or
occupy a piece of land that was gazetted for resettlement purposes
without lawful authority in the form of an offer letter from the
Minister of Lands.
Once a farmer
is served with an eviction notice he would be prescribed 90 days
to vacate the land, failure to do which offenders will be given
a sentence not exceeding a week and will be evicted from the farm.
this yesterday as he doled out long-term leases of land which was
confiscated from white farmers. He warned former white farm owners
not to expect compensation from the government.
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