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Zanu-PF land beneficiaries ordered to leave

About 5,000 residential stands were handed out to voters in Norton, but a court says they were on private property.

FILE: The Zimbabwean flag. Picture: Supplied.

HARARE - A newspaper in Zimbabwe is reporting that thousands of youths who were given residential plots by Zimbabwe's ruling party ahead of a by-election last month have been told they can't keep them.

About 5,000 residential stands were handed out to voters in Norton, but a court says they were on private property.

This is a double whammy for the Zanu-PF and its supporters.

Just two weeks ago, their candidate lost the by-election for Norton, west of Harare, to independent candidate Temba Mliswa.

That was in spite of the ruling party handing out around 5,000 housing plots to residents ahead of the poll.

Though it didn't contest the poll in Norton, the opposition Movement for Democratic Change called the parcelling out of land unmitigated vote-buying.

Now _The Herald _is reporting that those who did get land on Kingsdale Farm have been ordered by the High Court to leave because it’s actually owned by a private property developer.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)