Chitungwiza braces for housing demolitions

HARARE - Thousands of Chitungwiza residents must brace for housing demolitions after Local Government deputy minister Joel Biggie Matiza handed over a damning land audit report to council.

Matiza presented the final report to Phillip Mutoti, the mayor of Chitungwiza, the district administrator for Manyame Rural District Council and other stakeholders including chairpersons of council committees directing the demolitions.

Mutoti confirmed receipt of the report and that demolitions would start soon.

He referred further questions to the chamber secretary Patience Vengesayi, who is currently the acting town clerk.

Matiza said it is left to council to act on the report “after it has passed its own resolutions but I think some of the issues will be going through the relevant authorities.”

“I can confirm we had a meeting with the minister and as I have said before, he is my boss, so demolitions are starting soon,” Mutoti said.

“If you need precise information on that you can contact the chamber secretary.”

Vengesayi confirmed that council had received and adopted the report but clearer details on the way forward will emerge after today’s meeting on the matter.

“We are going to take action as per the report’s recommendations,” she said in a telephone interview.

“However come back to me after our next meeting on Monday were we will discuss the modalities.”

Sources who attended the meeting said it was likely that demolitions of unfinished houses constructed illegally would start first, followed by houses built on wetlands, powerline servitudes and on top of sewer lines.

Owners will be given a grace period of eight months, as government and council finds them alternative land to build.

“Council has adopted the report, so now we are ready to implement the findings of  the audit report on illegal structures in our area,” said a councillor.

Chitungwiza and Manyame RDC residents are the biggest losers.

Apart from having their structures demolished, according to the report, they paid a total of nearly $30 million to the land barons

The report is more comprehensive than the one that had been circulating, and also recommended the immediate prosecution of all perpetrators of illegal land invasions, subdivisions allocation and sale, giving the responsibility to Chitungwiza municipality, ZRP and Manyame District Council.

It specifically named for prosecution “Councillor Dr F Mabamba (United We Stand Housing Cooperative), Bonface Manyonganise (Yemurai Disabled Cooperative), Mrs Manyana (Chitungwiza Ruvimbo Housing Cooperative), Mr Makuchete (Key College), Major T Marufu, youths led by Hamandishe and Honourable MP Chigumba.”

The Daily News can also reveal that Mabamba is facing a disciplinary hearing chaired by the mayor and prosecuted  by a prominent lawyer this week.

Heads are also expected to roll within the current council administration as findings laid bare massive corruption by political heavyweights, council executives and greedy business people in the cash-strapped town.

Blatant corruption in the municipality at virtually all levels within the council hierarchy was cited in the report.

“There is also evidence to the fact that the director of Engineering Services was working in cahoots with Dr Mabamba as there are communications directly hand written to the engineer from Dr Mabamba requesting stand numbers as a result 1283 had duplicate numbers,” says the report.

The police were advised that professionals such as architects, engineers, surveyors and town planners that facilitated the creation of illegal settlements should be prosecuted.

Police spokesperson Charity Charamba said she was not yet privy to the report.

The report recommended further investigations by the ZRP into the relationships of cooperatives and other land barons with the Chitungwiza Municipality officials with regard to the numbering of stands and regularisation of illegal developments.

Insiders allege that the minister discredited a report which had been circulating in the media as he handed over the genuine report to the mayor, raising suspicions about the manner the minister has handled the matter so far.

Government has been releasing the report findings in drips and drabs, with one State-controlled newspaper getting hold of leading land baron Frederick Mabamba’s suspension letter before it had been handed down to him.

The ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing in November 2013 constituted a team of commissioners to investigate the illegal land deals.

Comments (8)

Murambatswina part 2 yauya, thats what you voted for, and thats what you are getting

Bosso - 20 January 2014

I dont see anything about cleaning our coties if things were not done according to planning following bylaws the Minister Dr Chombo has been saying this to illegal and unregistered cooperatives not to indulgde in corrupt activities, Dr Chombo categorically mentioned it that he is not involved in these deals and has been saying it all along do not invade and built iellegal structures the govenrment will eventually demolish them if they dont conform to city by laws so this is exactly what is happening. KO KU HATCLIFFE NORTH Mr Biggie Matiza can you also do an audit report and come up with your recomendations you will be supprised that each stand which belonged to a bonafied developer was allocated to 3-4 people from various cooperatives not mentioning the actuall owner of the stand who actually bought it from the developer with all city of harare waiting list papers as per requirement submitted as per the city by laws.

Hatcliffe - 20 January 2014

mukangouya kwangu this time tinomamisana kusvika zvaita, makambondipoazira ikezvino modzoka futi, huyai ndiripo ndakatora rivhi for you,idiots.

mashotopiyana - 20 January 2014

Gentlemen and ladies, I am totally disturbed by these unnecessary moves by our gvt! When Mabamba and company were doing all this mess, Dr Tsvangirai came to fire ma councillors akanga ari corrupt,but Chombo akavadzosera pabasa. Biggie Matiza waivamo munyika pakaitika izvi! Chombo na Mugabe vaivapo, vanhu vachubirwa mari name so called land barons. Now that u have used our names to support yo rigging maakuita land audit! Maivepiko vanhu ve ZANU ana Tanyanyiwa( nephew ya Chombo) vachiba ma stand nekutengesa nzvimbo dzinijenga mvura? Munogumbura and munosvota semarutsi ekatsi! Kurai vanhu ve ZANU kwete kusimbirira kuba! Chombo ndiwe wakachengeta vanhu ava shure kwekunge Tsvangirai avadzinga, saka nhasi wava kuvasungisa Seiko?nxaaa!

fortune - 20 January 2014

Munonyanya he zanu zanu zvino makupi dayi makanoveka kumusha makaita basa

kagamba - 20 January 2014

ndiko kuti zanu,kkkkkkkkkk.chombo shit yemunhu.

TERRA-COTTA - 20 January 2014

Chinongofadza ndechekuti most of the beneficiaries of these schemes are ZANU. Ndokuti ZANU ikoko.

Mudakuchinja - 20 January 2014

um so happy all of these zanu supporters are going to get their illegal houses demolished. hippie

pdf - 21 January 2014

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