Farm invaders lose protection

PRESIDENT Robert 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 invaders.


State-sponsored land invaders w

ill now be exposed to evictions after they were used to campaign for Zanu PF in elections by occupying farms.


The enactment 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.


Mugabe announced 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. — Staff Writer.