Council officials failed to hold a 2016 budget consultation meeting in Ward 2 after villagers demanded answers as to why the local authority was sub-dividing the villagers’ plots without consulting them.
The villagers pleaded for Local Government Minister Saviour Kasukuwere to intervene, describing the council’s move as illegal.
According to the villagers, council officials were encroaching into their homesteads and pegging stands for resale to home seekers from Chitungwiza.
One of the affected villagers, Innocent Chitsvatsva from Chitsvatsva Village in Seke, said he only woke up to find council officials pegging stands in his yard.
“They have pegged more than six stands in our family’s yard. They even put a peg in my pig sty. The local authority should be transparent in all this. I suspect that land barons are all behind this,” Chitsvatsva said.
The villagers claimed that council was charging $1 000 for each of the stands.
Council chief executive officer, Farirai Guta could not be reached for comment as her mobile phone went unanswered.
Zanu PF Mashonaland East provincial youth political commissar Lincoln Matare claimed land barons were behind the exercise.
Kasukuwere has called for the arrest of land barons accusing them of fleecing people of their hard-earned cash.