MARONDERA Rural District Council is carrying a Geo-Information system (GIS) programme with the department of Environment and Planning in the whole district. The exercise is being done to capture information on residents to see to if they are legally settled.

Information required include who stays on that land, infrastructure age, how big the land is and also who gave them the space to stay.

Council is carrying out this exercise in the whole district and they started off in Chirefu, in Murevererwi village under village head Murevererwi.

Some villagers did not understand the reason of the programme, and they had bad blood with council staff thinking that some of their land was going to be taken.

After an almost 3 hours meeting with council, villagers under village head Murevererwi got to understand the move by council and were applauding.

MRDC’s next stop will be in Mahusekwa where there is an increase of illegal settlers. The exercise will help to identify those who would have settled illegally and council will issue permits after the exercise has been carried out in the whole district.