Enquiry with Shangaan people in Chiredzi Rural District Council facing eviction to pave way for Lucerne grass project

Introduction

Masvingo Centre for Research Advocacy and Development (MACRAD) embarked on a fact finding mission regarding government’s proposed eviction of thousands of Shangaan people to pave way for lucerne grass farming in Chiredzi District. Focus group discussions were conducted with some of the community leaders within the affected district.

In this position paper, MACRAD commence by giving a brief summary background of the issue at hand and goes on to outline the agricultural, religious and cultural set up within the affected area. The paper looks into relevant domestic and international legislation and concludes with some recommendations.

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Source: Masvingo Centre for Research Advocacy and Development (MACRAD)