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Tsvangirai MDC Vows to Block Minister Kasukuwere's Land Deal

  • Jonga Kandemiiri

MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu.

MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu.

The Movement for Democratic Change led by Morgan Tsvangirai says it won’t allow Local Government Minister Saviour Kasukuwere to parcel out 1,500 stands to Zanu PF youth in a land deal involving suspected Chinese investors.

Party spokesman Obert Gutu said Kasukuwere could be violating some sections of the Urban Councils Act and the Constitution of Zimbabwe if he implements his plans.

“This we are not going to accept. As the MDC we will take appropriate measures. We will go to the courts, we will go to the High Court to ensure that the constitution of the land is not only obeyed, but is also seen to be obeyed and respected,” Gutu said.

The party also issued a statement saying the comprehensive Bill of Rights in the new Constitution not only makes housing for all a basic right, but also clearly forbids discrimination of any kind.

“We in the MDC are now putting Kasukuwere on notice that gone are the days in which he could trample on people’s rights with impunity. It is ironic that the gentleman purports to be studying law but seems to be missing his lectures,” read part of the statement, signed by MDC-T’s shadow Minister for Local Government Jameson Timba.

The opposition party said it will be filing a formal complaint with the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission to seek Kasukuwere’s censure and a binding pledge that he will allocate housing land on a non-partisan basis to all Zimbabwean youth without regard to color, tribe, religion, and or political affiliation.

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