5 000 face eviction

HARARE - Government's planned move to evict Zanu PF supporters from Dunstan Farm along Airport Road is likely to leave over 5 000 people homeless.

 

One of the residents, unemployed Ben Kambanje told the Daily News he has been staying at the farm over the past eight years.



He said that he cannot afford to pay rent and that is why he joined a group of other Zanu PF members and settled at the farm which was taken over during the land reform programme.

“I have lived here for eight years. We settled in this area after it was taken from the farmer who used to own it. This place is my home”

But the government is mulling a plan to evict Kambanje and over 5 000 others in the same area, who are all classified as squatters. The land has been earmarked for the expansion of the airport.

The directive to raze down the structures in the area which starts at the corner of Airport Road and Harare Drive up to Epworth, came from President Robert Mugabe who, while commissioning the refurbished Airport Road, expressed distaste over the settlement, which he described as an eyesore.

The settlers, who were given two weeks to vacate the farm told the Daily News that if government does not allocate them alternative land, they will remain at the place as they have nowhere else to go.

“I have nowhere else to go. We will just stay in the open; I guess, because I cannot afford to pay rent. I am unemployed, ndinongoita mabasa emaoko (I am self-employed)” Kambanje said.

“Here, we do not pay anything, we just stay, takauya pano nemusangano (We were brought here by the Zanu PF party).”

The opposition MDC has in the past accused the ruling party of settling people illegally to buy votes in parliamentary elections. When the Daily News visited the area, some of the residents at Dunstan Farm, which falls under Harare South constituency, were getting ready to go to a party meeting to discuss the way forward.

Another resident, Dickson Mhishi, said several residents had recently bought building material, hoping they will be staying at the farm permanently.

“Even if they give us alternative land, how will that help, where will people get resources to start building? We heard that we are going to be moved to Stoneridge, but there are people there already.”

While others said they were part of a co-operative called Nyikavanhu, others said they had got land from a company called RBD Land Developers.

Comments (3)

Another success story for Ignatius Chombo and his cronies in Zanu pf. Chombo opened the floodgates for urban land looting and for thousands of purported housing cooperatives (who were mostly opportunistic thieves) Chombo also interfered with council operations to suppress enquiries into the activities of the thieving consortiums Chombo also rewarded one of his instilled agent by giving him a stand. This agent has recently been arrested and charged for his assorted criminal activities at Harare Council.

Anne Elizabeth MatongaAnne Elizabeth Matonga - 13 December 2015

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Diibulaanyika - 13 December 2015

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