Consult stakeholders on demolitions issue

EDITOR - Chitungwiza Residents Trust (Chitrest) reiterates its position on the proposed demolitions of houses by government.

While we welcome the J.B. Matiza-chaired investigation team for Chitungwiza and Seke Rural District Council, we hope the team will allow adequate consultation of residents and other stakeholders as well as debate around the issue before coming up with recommendations as provided for by the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) and the UN Charter.

We strongly believe government’s failure to ensure that citizens are afforded the opportunity to have access to serviced land for the purposes of building decent accommodation led to the mushrooming of cooperatives and land developers in Chitungwiza resulting in the present housing chaos.

It is outside the parameters of the law for government to demolish houses without providing alternatives.

The Trust will not allow Chitungwiza to be turned into a playground by irresponsible and uncaring authorities and politicians, hence it will not stand aside and look while our right to shelter is being taken away.

We might therefore approach the courts for litigation and mobilise our structures as well as other stakeholders to be alert and on guard if need be.

Chitrest Information and Research Department

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