Arron Nyamayaro, H-Metro Reporter
STONERIDGE residents have come together to fight land barons fleecing desperate home seekers.
Settled in a place where several cooperative members and individuals are illegally cashing in by allocating residential stands on wetlands and commercial stands, residents formed an association to weed off the cash cows.
Stoneridge Residents Association chairperson Masiiwa Masiiwa said people were geared to fight land barons with the help of local authorities.
“Residents have agreed to unite against land barons who have been fleecing desperate home seekers of their hard earned money,” said Masiiwa.
“We met and formed an association where we agreed to air our grievances to local authorities with one voice and it is bearing good fruits.
“After uniting we realised that Stoneridge area is State land where individuals and illegal cooperatives were claiming to have bought the land and duped a number of people.
“We visited local authorities and ministry of local government where we were assured of government support in fighting land barons.
“None of the association members is being tormented by these land barons and we have tendered our documents awaiting regularization of the place in line with City of Harare.
“I would like to thank our Member of Parliament Honourable Tongai Mnangagwa with the assurance he gave to residents that the place is State land and this has relieved many from panicking about losing the place,” said Masiiwa.
One of the association members Patience Mauta, 44, told H-Metro that land barons had been causing them sleepless nights demanding money against government order.
“We have been losing sleep due to Covid-19 and land barons for being enemies of our life number one and two respectively,” said Mauta.
“Mufaro wedu uri pakugara kwevana vedu zvakanaka mumba uye vachiwana mvura yakachena.
“Land barons were ever receiving money from desperate home seekers and allocating them in places marked for businesses and schools.
“Double allocation characterised their daily work vachitora mari panzvimbo ine vanhu; havaguti saka iyezvino zvakamiswa nekuda kwe Association yavepo.
“Tave kurara hope dzichiuya kwete zvekutumirwa mashoko nemapepa ekunzi tipei mari nzvimbo ndeyanhingi, muchabviswa makapihwa nani nezvimwe zvakadaro,” she said.
Another member Evans Mapenduka, 63, said unity is power and peace with your countryman is important.
“Kudzvanyirirwa nekushungurudzwa nemunhu aurikufunga kuti arikukubatsira kunodzimba seronda rekuchekwa nebhotoro,” said Mapenduka.
“The association brought hope and smiles on our faces and delivered us from land barons who were fleecing us of our hard earned money.
“Ukabvisa mari ukaona chayatenga hazvirwadze pane kutorerwa mari zuva roga roga pasina chirikuitwa saka zvaitirwadza zvikuru,” he said.