Police ordered to stop Mazowe demolitions

HARARE - High Court Judge Susan Mavhangira has ordered the police to stop demolitions and evictions of several families occupying Anold Farm in Mazowe.

The families filed an urgent chamber application last week seeking an order interdicting the police from evicting them and that they be given six months’ grace period.

Mavhangira yesterday granted the provisional order.

In the application, Aspinas Makufa, Daaisi Musekiwa, George Musa, Costa Chirimba and Gift Chikowore, who were the applicants, had cited the minister of Home Affairs, commissioner-general of police and minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement as respondents.

In an affidavit, the occupants, who were represented by Gift Mtisi and Tonderai Bhatasara, told the court that they began staying at the farm in the year 2000 at the height of the country’s fast track land reform programme.

“We have been staying there and regarding the farm as our home,” Makufa said.

He said that his children went to school in the same area, while his only source of income is through tilling the land and rearing livestock. Makufa said since they started staying at the farm, they had made efforts to engage the government in order to regularise their stay. He said government had promised to give them offer letters.

“Until now, we have not been given the promised offer letters,” Makufa said.

He however, said on March 22, this year, the police went on to demolish their houses, without a court order, before further instructing them to vacate the farm.

“I aver that we will suffer irreparable harm if the court does not intervene to save us on an urgent basis,” he said.

He said this was worsened by the fact that the residents have crops that are yet to mature, adding that they rely on the crops for food and income. Makufa said they needed six months in order for them to harvest their crops and process documents to move their property and livestock from the farm to another place.

“I aver that unquestionably the conduct of respondents of demolishing our homes is irrational and outrageous in its defiance of logic that no person properly applying his mind to the facts would have arrived at such a decision,” Makufa said.

 

Comments (3)

Law of the jungle in Zim! dominance of the fittest (read connected to zanu). The rest we are just paying liberation tent! We truly dispise this liberation! It never translated into freedom, but just a looting period for Mugabe and his crew, while they dish out more and more suffering to the povho!

Tongogara - 1 April 2014

When the police started these demolitions, they knew they were not doing so lawfully. Whoever sent them in the first place will simply order them'from the top' to go ahead with the evictions regardless

Dr Know - 1 April 2014

It's simple, gona una gona wake. Muchadzokera sokuuya kwamakaita. Vote Zanu pf chiororo!!!

Bakatwa - 1 April 2014

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