Residents vow to resist demolitions

HARARE - Government’s plans to demolish houses in Chitungwiza faces stiff resistance as residents in Seke Unit ‘O’ Extension  have vowed to strongly resist any such move.

This follows a consultative  meeting held on Friday.

Recent findings from the Matiza report laying bare massive corruption activities by political heavyweights, council executives and greedy businesspeople in the cash-strapped town have received mixed reactions from both residents and council.

“We are more than prepared to die for our houses just as others died for this country,” said an irate former councillor in the area.

Friday’s meeting arranged by Chitungwiza Residents Association to address residents’ concerns following the release of a report recommending the demolition of about 14 000 houses was also attended by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.

The meeting was attended by more than 200 residents, who are victims of the land scam mainly perpetrated by housing cooperatives and now face an uncertain future as details of when and how they will be compensated for their losses remain sketchy.

Prominent human rights lawyer Jeremiah Mutongi Bamu allayed the residents’ fears by pointing to the need for a court order to effect the findings.

“Our Constitution clearly states that there is need for a court order to enforce the demolitions.”
“Minister Chombo has no right or power to implement the decision without a court order,” said the lawyer to the applause of residents.

Bamu advised the residents to approach his organisation through their represantatives.

However, mayor Phillip Mutoti believes this week’s release of the long-awaited Chitungwiza housing probe report finally frees council to vigorously pursue its mandate of professionally running the town.

“The matter had consummated itself into a legal row and our hands were now tied as we had to wait for the minister to take corrective action and at the same time we felt for the affected residents.

“We are happy that the report tore into corrupt activities of past council officials and we hope that this will curtail such malpractises so that we concentrate on improving service delivery,” he said.

Though the mayor was relieved that affected residents will benefit from their relocation to Dunnotar Farm near Nyatsime, he also took time to warn residents against falling prey to similar scams.

The report clearly singled out the United We Stand Multipurpose Cooperative owner Frederick Mabamba as the chief culprit.

Mabamba was recently suspended by Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo from council.

Comments (6)

who is Mabamba??why is he not in jail, is he zanu pf or MDC

BEN - 16 December 2013

what demolitions enda unopaza yaamai vako uchaona when the day comes kuti yangu haipazwe ndakatarisa semakarekare.ingrits muri kuba muchinotenga dzimba ku Borrowdale ini struggling kutenga Cement neRata iwe woda kundimamira kumeso wakafuratira.

mashotopiyana - 16 December 2013

is chombo doing more harm than good to zimbabweans

maisvokwadzo - 16 December 2013

these corrupt Councillors were trashed by tsvangirai and chombo retained them .after re grouping and appoint mabamba as their team leader they managed to rob poor citizens about $86m (23000*4000) to be prudent but he report says $20m chombo again.on the ground pple paid as much as 8000 per stand some 7000 and some 6000 so the average of these figures will not go below 4000.the report average figure is $889 (20m/23000).in reality no one paid less 3000 per stand so this matiza report lacks integrity from the day one .guys do we need jonathan moyo in every sector of this society to combat corruption .although not effective jona bailed out zbc from muchechetere grip on cash box .right now someone -town clerk is taking 37000 home whilst 300 earning employee goes for 12months without visiting the bank ma zim dollar anenge achadzoka munhu asina pay yegore rese.the firm group managed to takeover the council duties with the help of their master they run a parallel council collecting money from residents while the council coffers are dry and chombo was silent maybe befitting more than any member of this the second suspension of misbehaving Councillors and chombo stood again i can not imagine what these youngsters living under the minster comfort will do to the residents this time around maybe they will repossess all the houses and starting selling them from this is the minister doing more good than harm to the society.we are suffering my fellow brethren .i see no one coming to our rescure coz we have no one on the side of the poor

maisvokwadzo - 16 December 2013

Ngatupazwe to tangwena twese itwo, kuda kugara mutown fo free muchingo setera pese pese kunge mhuka dzesango. Pwanyai , ndimo muzere majoki nemhondi.

reason - 16 December 2013

muri mhata hakuna imba inopwanyiwa. Mabamba haasi kuzosungwa handiti vaVotes aakakambeina ndiwo amwe akawinisa ZANU PF including Mugabe himself nhasi uno moti akanganisa chii. More stands kuvamhu uye vanhu musamira kuvaka ZANU PF iri kutonga. Zvechimhata zvamuri kutaura hapana mari inorwadza kutsvaga kwapera maElections mava kuda kuputsira vanhu dzimba. hakuna zvakadaro. VOTE MDC-T next time musiyane nemaZANU PF

Robert Mugabe - 16 December 2013

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