Police in Kasungu have arrested 31 villagers from Makanda village in the area of Chief Mwase in the district for alleged malicious damage and theft of property belonging to Mr. Msusa Zimba.

The villagers and the Zimba family have been tussling over a piece of land which the villagers claim is a village forest.

The land wrangle turned ugly on Tuesday when the villagers went on rampage demolishing twelve houses and other valuables in the process.

The villagers  have been tussling with Msusa Zimba over a piece of land they claim is the village forest.

But Zimba claims the land belonged to his father and the issue was taken to court.

Eye witnesses have told us that the angry villagers descended on Zimba’s residence in the wee hours of today, damaging houses, and looted fertilizer and maize bags.

In a telephone interview from his hiding place, Zimba said six houses and a car have been vandalized among others.

“I have lost everything…, ” he says.

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