A major showdown is looming between City of Mutare and Dangamvura residents after the local authority recently embarked on slashing of almost mature maize crop to pave way for residential stands servicing programme.

Dangamvura residents of area  15 and 16 are up in arms with the City of Mutare for embarking on unilateral decision to slash their maize crop, despite a one month grace period sought by the peri urban farmers.

The residents had earlier on sought a one month grace period to harvest their maize crop but the local authority decided to proceed and slash part of the maize crop.

The process was quickly halted after the intervention of Dangamvura Chikanga legislator Cde Esau Mupfumi who said while the residents are totally in support of development programmes, the local authority should be sensitive to the plight of the residents.

Tension emerged after the Councillor Kudakwashe Chisango attempted to address the same gathering.

Affected residents had no kind words to the city fathers and they pleaded for a one month grace period to harvest their crops.

Contacted for comment the Mayor for the City of Mutare Tatenda Nhamarare said the council only slashed a fraction of the maize crop which was planted on a water pipe line.

He said council agreed to give the peri-urban farmers one month grace period and that agreement is binding.