BINGA district and traditional leaders have condemned the land reform programme as non-transparent, benefiting only a selected few, the Zimbabwe Independent has heard.
>In interviews with the ruling party’s district leadership, chiefs and other traditional leaders indicated that they were deceived into believing that the resettlement exercise was meant to benefit only ex-combatants.
Binga Rural District Council chief executive and local chairman of the Presidential Land Audit Committee, Shadreck Madimba, reiterated sentiments voiced by many, that there was no resettlement in the area.
The District Natural Resources officer and former secretary of the area’s land audit committee Farai Rubwinya blamed the exercise for rampant poaching and massive deforestation in the district.
“The programme was not planned properly, hence it has impacted negatively on natural resources,” said Rubwinya.
John Siyabalamba, a village head in Binga, said the only resettlement that the villagers of the area were aware of was one which benefited war veterans. Villagers of Sikalenge ward professed ignorance of the resettlement programme. They said they were only aware of projects such as the Kulima Mbolima Agricultural Training Centre which was set up by the donor community to encourage agricultural production by locals.