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PYD gets mandate to represent Chisumbanje villagers in the land dispute

PYD gets mandate to represent Chisumbanje villagers in the land dispute

Chipinge- Platform for Youth Development Trust (PYD) was mandated to
represent the community in the land dispute between Chisumbanje villagers
and Macdom Investments, owners of the multi-million dollar ethanol plant.

PYD which has been working with Chipinge communities for a number of years
got a thumps up to continue to speak on behalf of the community.
The village heads said that they had trust and belief in PYD as a leading
youth organization in the district as they seek a lasting solution to the
land dispute with Macdom.

"We reaffirm our trust in PYD to remain our representative in this matter,"
said Wedzerai Gwenzi a community leader. The move will set the stage for
more gruesome encounters as Macdom has been lying that PYD asked for a bribe
which they refused.
Commenting on the giv
en mandate PYD Director Claris Madhuku said he was so passionate about
development and would work hard to reach an amicable understanding between
the two feuding parties.

Also responding to allegations by Macdom that he asked for a bribe from
Macdom Madhuku said development was a priority ahead of money.
"I feel insulted by the Macdom management for belittling my nationalism,
unless they are provoking I demand an official apology,"
he said.

The matter is before the High court as the community filed an interdict to
stop the new investor from encroaching outside Arda boundaries into their
land.

Some villagers, disgruntled over the company's hard stance have since
relocated to Mozambique in search of better land options than the promised
single acre for a family.

Those migrating into Mozambique cite lack of adequate farming land with the
bulk having been taken away by the Macdom.

NB-PYD is committed to work with the Chisumbanje community in amicably
resolving this matter and will thus remain a trusted servant of the people.
PYD stands by the people of Chisumbanje and will lose sleep if the matter is
not resolved to the benefit of both parties.

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