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Co-operative members fight over land

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SKIRMISHES broke out between residents of Leopold Takawira Housing Co-operative on Friday after alleged double allocation of stands to prospective home seekers.

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The co-operative currently has a pending case before the courts after proprietors of the land had a fallout and had conflict over ownership of the land.

The co-operative was formed by Chirumanzu MP Innocent Pedzisai in partnership with other individuals for residential stands acquisition.

Pedzisai is currently the chairperson of the Leopold Takawira Housing Co-operative.

A source who declined to be named said there were certain individuals making follow ups on people or families perceived to be aligned to Pedzisai and allocating land already built upon to new buyers.

It is understood police had to be called in to quell the situation after people began beating each other up over the matter.

The co-operative is located along the High Glen Road across Old Marimba suburb.

“Pedzisai’s former partners are re-allocating stands, which people bought and built houses on to their clients and we have been ordered to vacate the stands,” said the man, adding that residents would not stand by and watch their land being taken.

The source said Marimba Police Station is inundated with complaints and was continually handling public fighting and assault cases from the co-operative.

The source said officials from the Local Government ministry visited the co-operative early last week and said they would hold a meeting on Monday to resolve the matter.

A visit to the site showed two separate co-operative offices bearing the national flag and Zanu PF flag, apparently reflective of the two administrative offices that are the source of conflict.

Contacted for comment over the violent skirmishes, Pedzisai said he was not aware of the latest conflict as he was not in Harare.

“I am not aware of the matter, but I will furnish you with details over the matter once I am briefed on what happened,” he said.

Last year, Council also conceded that most co-operatives were abused by Zanu PF and members were allowed to build illegal structures.

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