Chi-Town could spare 11 000 houses from demolition

CHITUNGWIZA - More than 11 000 houses earmarked for demolition here could be spared if government gives the nod to recommendations by council to regularise them.

Town clerk George Makunde said last week the move was in line with the government audit report’s recommendations to regularise stands, excluding those houses built on top of sewer
pipes, wetlands and under electricity pylons.

He dispelled speculation that the Chitungwiza munipality has stopped demolitions of illegally built houses and warned those who have started illegally building houses to stop.

“It would be irresponsible to say we have stopped demolitions because the matter is currently at the courts,” Makunde said.

“However, we are working with Urdcorp to regularise many houses in Chitungwiza but that is not to say all houses will be regularised.”

Urdcorp is a government company which has taken over the spatial planning powers of the town following a directive from Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo.

He said those not regularised will remain illegal.

“We have identified for regularisation more than half out of the 22 000 houses illegally constructed.

“The regularisation process started last week with Urdcorp and ourselves working on layout plans for the affected areas. We also expect to get more to shore up our revenue when
residents start paying penalties for building plans, plan approval which had not been done properly.”

Comments (2)

The issue of demolisions might have ended. You shall see those stands built under sewer, electricity etc being regulariesd beacuse of corruption.People are seen day in day out building structres on illegal lands in the eyes of the council hence council still remains corrupt. Maybe they are looring residents to build so that they force their houses to be regurlarised hence attracting corruption .

Letwin - 21 November 2014

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