Nyatsime residents resist demolitions

HARARE - Nyatsime resembled a war zone as hundreds of residents attacked the Deputy Sheriff’s and council vehicles that had come to demolish their houses yesterday morning.

This followed  a High Court order directing the demolitions. 

Angry residents who claimed to have paid Chitungwiza Municipality  twice for their stands as far back as 2007, waylaid a convoy of vehicles carrying the Deputy Sheriff, council officials, ZRP details and council police near Dunnotar Farm in Beatrice, thwarting efforts to raze down their houses.

The residents, who appeared to have organised themselves well to repel the demolitions, surprised the convoy by throwing stones, bricks with some even armed with catapults shattering windscreens of the vehicles, forcing the convoy to retreat and scurry for safety.

After the debacle, the more than 200 residents besieged the council head office with some even destroying council property.

Phillip Mutoti, the town’s mayor, said he had called for an urgent council meeting to try and find an amicable solution.

“Our driver was hurt jumping over the fence  as employees were fleeing for dear life from the marauding crowd also comprising of well-known barons and their agents,” Mutoti said.

Asked about council’s role in the demolition attempt, Priccillar Vengesai, Chitungwiza’s acting town clerk, said she had only accompanied the Deputy Sheriff.

“Chitungwiza Municipality has been to the courts against the residents over this matter and five times the residents have lost,” Vengesai said.

“We can’t then stop the Deputy Sheriff from carrying out his legal duties.

“If the residents have issues they should approach the courts, not to do what they did.”

Nyatsime Housing Development Association chairman Tendai Mazuri said they paid for the stands in full using Zimbabwe dollars in 2007 and they bought them for Z$60 000 000 to Z$2,2 billion.

“In 2010 after the dollarisation era, they were asked to top up $900 by council.

“What then surprised us is that they started servicing Phase Four neglecting us in Phase One, yet we were first to buy, so we decided to invade Phase Four and now they want to destroy the houses we built there,” Mazuri said.

Comments (5)

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timinabhonzo - 5 March 2014

Considering that the residents bought the stands not once, but twice. The Municipality must engage the beneficiaries and find an amicable solution. Honestly speaking you don't solve by destroying.

Magondo Golden - 5 March 2014

The issue is not about the demolition but that the residents are building where they did not buy. Their stands are in phase one not four where they are building.

Wings of change - 5 March 2014

@ wings of change the facts are that council sold stands to people some 7years ago and up to now they had not allocated them. Fearing they would lose out, the residents then organised themselves and allocated stands to themselves using council papers such that a person who bought a low density stand got just that and those who bought high density stands got just that. Your issue about phases is immaterial coz the council was not prejudiced in any way instead it is the councli that prejudiced the residents for 7years after getting the money. The noble thing for the council will be to carry out an audit, verify the allocations and ADOPT the allocations but insist on STANDARD structures because they are the once who failed to perform in the first place. In seven years vanhu vaidaro vakatopedza kuvaka kudhara.

Chaporonga - 6 March 2014

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