Chombo orders demolition of houses

CHITUNGWIZA - Government issued a three-week ultimatum yesterday to Chitungwiza and Manyame Rural District Council residents to destroy their illegally constructed houses.  

The houses in question are those built on wetlands, under sewer pipes and under powerline servitudes and are still under construction.

Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo said  land barons will be arrested soon.

“With the assistance of commissioner(-general Augustine) Chihuri all land barons who are selling stands that do not belong to them will be dealt with,” Chombo said.

Chombo issued the warning at an all stakeholders’ meeting attended by a government delegation including his deputy Joel Biggie Matiza,  Environment minister Savoiur Kasukuwere, minister of State for Harare Miriam Chikukwa and SMEs minister Sithembiso Nyoni.

“We categorically say no to this kind of human rights,” Chombo said.

“We are going to give three weeks to voluntarily demolish and relocate, failure of which government, with the able assistance of the Zimbabwe Republic Police, will act.” 

The minister castigated what he termed “erstwhile detractors” who are using donor funds  to frustrate government programmes through court action, an action he said was futile.

Using a carrot and stick approach, Chombo said those who will demolish their houses first will be issued with a certificate of demolition and will be the first to be allocated new stands at Dunnotar Farm. 

Phillip Mutoti, the town’s mayor, said residents should just demolish their illegally constructed houses as the minister has ordered.

“ I have nothing more to say, people should just follow what the minister has said,” the mayor said to the Daily News.

Comments (9)

Its quite unfortunate for the ordinary citizen . How can the honorable minister start by enforcing demolitions before servicing and allocation of new genuine stands? i feel there is wrong prioritization in terms of giving solution to the current crisis. Its very normal for one to start by constructing the foundation before roofing or constructing the walls. The people`s government should look at the plight of its people first when looking for solutions to already existing problems. In this regard i therefore plead with the minister , the government and all the parties involved to find a way of regularizing most, if not all the stands as the ordinary people are willing to meet all what is required to enable their areas and structures to be of the highest standard.

BIG MUNHU - 11 April 2014

kkk, Good reading indeed. Chombo said land barons will be arrested, with the assistance of the commissioner general, hey! If he mean it, then we will be visiting him at Chikurubi and he surely will become exemplary and I will start loving you when you are in that white outfit.

Nyashanu - 11 April 2014

Mr Editor? The houses include those built under sewer pipes? ah ndasarenda

shon corner - 11 April 2014

kkkkk ngadzipwanywe. vakavaka under sewer pipes?

munhuwo zvake - 11 April 2014

do something about Land Barons. kunyanya PHILLIP CHIYANGWA who sold stands illegally in Stoneridge so that we can start taking you for your word!!!

vincent tariro - 11 April 2014

Ngatupwanywe tutangwena utu, ndimo muzere mbavha nenzenza, kana unemari yekurarama mutawundi tenga stand kwayo kwete kuda kungoititra tsvina pese pese. Kana pane avanzwira tsitsi ngagare navo mumba yake yaakatenga ku council ozoziva kuti imhuka dzevanhu. pwanyai kana mangwana chaiye, three weeks dzakawandisa.

reason - 11 April 2014

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