A recent study by Transparency International Zimbabwe (TIZ) has revealed that weak laws are facilitating continued land corruption.
This has resulted in many home-seekers losing thousands of dollars to land barons abusing the legal loopholes.
In its latest report, Urban and Peri-Urban Land Governance in Zimbabwe, TIZ says there are too many land management authorities.
“There is a multiplicity of land management authorities in Zimbabwe creating challenges of transparency and accountability in the land governance value chain.
“This is exacerbated by extensive discretionary power without viable supporting measures of accountability among key public officers.
“As a result, land is issued and allocated by different officials in different ministries culminating in double and multiple allocations among a host of other challenges,” it said.
TIZ added that the “legislative framework on land governance is wide and requires harmonisation for better coordination.
“A case in point is the seeming conflict between the Traditional Leaders Act, RDC Act and the Communal Lands Act over allocation of communal lands.
When interviewed the public was also of the same view.
Over 79% cited weak legislation with 67% citing political exposure of the land dealers among reasons for the current land corruption.
The other reasons stated included reluctance and selective enforcement of the law by the police and weak institutions.
Using the Tradtional Leaders Act many village heads have been selling land in areas such as Domboshava, Seke and Goromonzi.
This has quickly created new peri-urban settlements which have no approved layout plans by local authorities or central government.