My village head; the land baron

What is good is good, milk is not salted. Some words of advice from the Shona people. We do appreciate government’s efforts in fighting corruption particularly in connection with the illegal sale of land.

To lead by example the Commission of Inquiry into the matter of sale of State Land in and around urban areas since
2005, (what a mouthful), was set up in order to investigate cases of corruption and to make sure that culprits are
brought to book. What remains to be seen, however, is the actual apprehension and detention of land barons
bent on enriching themselves at the expense of land innocent seekers.

Talking about illegal sale of land, I would like to take this opportunity to invite the Justice Uchena-led Commission
to come here to our rural village, kuno kumachonyonyo (remote area). I can offer the respected Commissioners
free accommodation in my two thatched huts, one for males and one for females, although they may have to bring some camping beds, blankets and toiletries. Food will also be free as I will cook brown finger millet sadza to be consumed with the delicacy of pumpkin leaves in peanut butter. After all we are being encouraged to eat what our forefathers used to eat, small grains. This way we will also be saving the taxpayer’s money as there would be no need for a hefty hotel bill.

Am I talking too much? Well, you may ask me why I am inviting the Commission to our machonyonyo village.
Please don’t accuse me of being a sellout, or maybe you can respectively call me a whistle blower, you know
some kind of referee who blows the whistle when a player is offside, just doing his good job. You see, I strongly
feel that the land deals that are taking place in our village need to be investigated, small as they may appear and
not being in and around urban areas.

What our dear village head, comrade Changuchii is doing is tantamount to illegal sale of state land since 2005.
Land seekers are made to pay huge sums of money which would actually be as good as buying the designated piece of land at market value. This is done on top of other payments and demands for groceries.

In some places the land seeker has to give the village head five pots of the traditional seven-day beer or 5 x 20l of Chibuku beer, a crate of Coca Cola and a goat. The head will then invite his fellow village heads around him for a good time of drinking and gochi gochi (meat roasting).

To make matters worse comrade Changuchii is now parceling our grazing area and selling the land leaving our cattle, donkeys, sheep and goats with little grass to feed on. I hear in some rural district a chief who is near a certain growth point is selling state land meant for the expansion of the town to be. How will the growth point grow then? Now if this kind of behaviour by our respected traditional leaders is not worth investigating, then I don’t know what is. Here we can also involve the
Anti-Corruption Commission and come down heavy on these corrupt leaders because there is corruption going on here. Ini venyu Sekuru Taurai ndangoti ndizvitaure ndichiri pachibhorani.

(Just thought I should say this).

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