Harare slums face demolition

HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) will  on Wednesday initiate a clean-up campaign targeting illegal structures, officials have said.

Tendai Mahachi, the Harare town clerk,  told a press conference at Town House yesterday that the campaign, which is set to begin on November 4 in Mbare’s ward 3, will not only target the filth and litter contaminating the area, but also illegal structures.

“We will be cleaning up illegal structures so where ever we go in terms of wards in Harare, we will also be doing the same thing because these structures make our city untidy,” Mahachi said.

“It is not only litter on the ground but also that which is up which needs to be removed. There are also carcasses —they will either be cut to make scrap metal or sold.”

Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo said those who build their structures on land that was illegally acquired should remove them before the authorities demolish the structures.

Chombo said the mushrooming of illegal structures was tampering with the ambience of the habitat, while violating the ecological balance and exposing communities to diseases and pestilence.

“So deplorable is the state of affairs in Chitungwiza municipal area and Seke communal lands, to the extent that residential stands are being arbitrarily and illegally parcelled out everywhere including in wetlands, along power lines, cemeteries, pastures and land zoned out for other uses,” Chombo said.

“In the meantime, the ministry is directing that all construction work on illegally allocated stands should stop forthwith.

“Those who will choose to continue, will not only be breaching the laws of the land, but risk losing their resources as some of their structures will have to be demolished.”

He said within a week, a team from the ministry will look to investigate land sales, to establish those involved in illegal land sales.

The minister also highlighted that the team will also establish who was paid for the land, how much was paid and how the money was paid and spent.

Chief Chikwaka also complained that despite efforts being made by his chieftaincy to bring illegal land offenders to book, nothing concrete had been done.

The traditional leader said it was deplorable that one of the headmen in his area was given first class treatment at a police station after he had committed an offence. “As a chief I do not have the powers to give land to anyone. I also do not have the authority to try anyone and give them a jail sentence,” he said.

“If you could talk to those at Home Affairs and the judicial services so that they can arrest and prosecute these people, because they are constantly released and continue with their illegal land deals.”

The chief warned that if this behaviour persisted, a second Caledonia Farm would sprout in the rural areas.

Chombo said that in the next two weeks, people who buy and sell land illegally in rural areas will be dealt with accordingly.

“Give us 14 to 21 days and you will see results. Warn those who are into illegal land deals that we are coming because we cannot let these unruly characters cause discomfort to our traditional leaders in  their areas,” Chombo said.

Comments (12)

Inonzi ZANU-PF SHIT LUCIFER. Now that the elections have come and gone and these people have saved the purpose they were given land for it is time to deal with them. Has Chombo woken up today and all of a sudden realized that people are building everywhere including wet lands and upsetting the ecological balance? It is really sad that it is the poor that are used and dumped when the time is good and ready for ZANU-PF. Is the same heavy handedness going to be applied to the Chinese who have also built on wet lands. We are watching

vongai - 1 November 2013

Honourable Minister we are inviting you to Mutare as well. Kwavane Nyaya yemakore yanetsa yefederation. The culprits are still there and are continually to do business unpunished. Dont let the clean up end in Harare but it must also come to Mutare. The local council seems to be reluctant and you as well you are reluctant, can you tell me that people can just occupy land for 5 years with the council and the Ministry doing nothing is that what you call Justice. Its high time you do something with the so called Zanu Pf hooligans who are taking land from innocent civilians. If you fail us this time, we start to question your credentials of being the honourable Minister

Troubled citizen - 1 November 2013

Cde Chombo can you also start with your business colleague Charles Nyachowe who is duping the poor of their hard earned cash by selling them farm land as residential properties at his farm in Zvimba

Keevoo - 1 November 2013

thats an interesting thing to NOTE, please kana moopwanya musasiya Imba yavaChinotimba nokuti vakazvigarisa voga, nedzimba nemaStands akatengwa nava Chombo pama Recreational Facilities, please there are adding up, Tangai nawayo tigoona kuti muri Serious. Ndatenda, neShopping mall yema Chinese near National Sports Stadium, please handidi kuiona because iri paWetland, it will worsen pollution along that stream. Ndatenda

garwe - 1 November 2013

The the Civil Aviation Authourity of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) and the Harare City Council (HCC) and government authorities stop immediately those misguided people cultivating in plots within airport territory. Those seriously needing land to plough should be given land in suitable. This also applies to those urban peasants who have settled in squatters in Borrowdale near the racecourse, and near the Helenvale shop and several squatters. These areas have no ablution facilities. These people should be sent fro were they came from. Lastly Environmental Agency should work with the HCC to arrest those ploughing along stream banks and in vacant spaces throughout the city. There is a pathetic understanding among these urban peasants that since they voted for ZANU(PF) they will do whatever they want. ZANU (PF) stand for order.

Rabison Nyundo ( THE HAMMER) - 1 November 2013

Its surprising to note that Chombo was the same minister when the illegal selling/construction took place, why didn't he stop them. Operation Murambatsvinaka in the offing??????

mhofu - 1 November 2013

I think Chombo is the main culprit on political misdirection here. Look here, how come we were lodgers under the Smith regime and we are still lodgers again under Mugabe and his nephew Chombo? Dr Chombo is deliberately delaying and frustrating proper distribution of stands to the needy and poor because Chiyangwa and him are benefiting from the speculation and corruption along with his political puppets .Zimbabwe give residential stands equitably to the masses in towns and cities and the previous census shows the urban population has increased tremendously in the past years . The large part of our population is contributed largely by our youths who are economically and politically active as well as educated. So to me this is not a surprise at all , they need somewhere to stay and make a living and can not afford Chombo and Chiyangwa`s stands. This is a consequent of maladministration period !!!

Johnson - 2 November 2013

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Mai MuGabe ndimi Mai - 2 November 2013

Bhora mugedhi-i-i-i-i!!

Joyce Mujuru - 2 November 2013

mati madii ! isu machinja takangonyarara takambokuudzai kuti jojo siya zvenyika. kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

mati madii !!!!!!!!!!!!!! kkkkkkkkkkkkkk - 2 November 2013

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HHHHHHH - 2 November 2013

I appluad this move. Slum settlements should just be demolished before they sprawl out of control. Visit some cities in South Africa especially Cape town and you will see for yourself the ugly sight of this otherwise beautiful city. Not only would these slum settlements be over-crowded and dirty but would become haven for crime, drugs, prostitution, etc. Pamberi ne Zanu PF!

Ngoma ndiyo ndiyo - 2 November 2013

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