Government has given land barons a maximum of three months to regularise and fulfil the conditions of their development permits.
This follows rampant abuse of the permit which allows them to sell stands to homeseekers.
National Housing and Social Amenities Minister Daniel Garwe said many settlements had no infrastructure built by the land barons as should be the norm and government will end that.
“That era is over, land barons are in the housing set because of the authority from the development permit that was given by government.
“They did not meet the conditions of their development permits to provide infrastructure to the innocent and desperate homseekers.
Minister Garwe said as a result of that, “we are now giving them a maximum of three months to correct that or government revokes the development permit and takes over the land and gets other with capacity financially”, he said.
Garwe however calmed expectations saying change won’t be overnight though they have started the process.
Many land barons have been selling stands without building the requisite infrastructure required under the law.
This has resulted in the growth of many new locations that have no roads, water or sewer systems.
Minister Garwe’s remarks however won’t inspire much confidence in residents following previous futile government efforts to deal with land barons.
The Justice Uchena Land Commission revealed that most land barons are members of or linked to ZANU PF and this has worked against efforts to sanitise the sector.