Harare to demolish illegal settlements

HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) has given illegal settlers a short notice to leave the land they occupy before it moves in to demolish the illegal houses.

In an interview with the Daily News HCC spokesperson Michael Chideme said all new land invasions are not being considered for regularisation.

Between September and December 2015, HCC demolished over 200 illegal structures across the city and arrested land barons implicated in the property invasions.

A schedule released by council in June showed that 128 cooperatives have illegally allocated themselves land around the city in Mabelreign, Mabvuku, Mufakose, Glen Norah, Glen View, Budiriro, Warren Park, Kuwadzana and Kambuzuma, with 17 of them before the courts.

Chideme said the illegal invaders on Porta and Churu farms should make way for proper planning of the land which will be used for its original intended use.

“Porta Farm is a council farm used for sludge disposal and is to be reverted to its planned use.

“The sludge is from the Morton Jaffray Water Treatment Plant.

“Churu Farm is State land that is in the process of being transferred to council for housing development. We are in the process of preparing layout plans for housing development and attendant ancillary facilities like schools, clinics, creches, recreational centres and churches,” Chideme said.

Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum director Lloyd Kuveya condemned the evictions arguing that they are unlawful and a human rights violation.

Kuveya said instruments such as the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights which Zimbabwe has ratified prohibit such actions.

“The state should not evict people from their homes and land without their consent or obtaining a court order.

“If the State is planning to evict them there must be consultation and they must be provided with alternative housing, compensation or access to productive land,” Kuveya said.

Comments (5)

Are yu pple mad.Kasukuwere is putting up ilegal structures faster than yu are destroying them.stop him 1st.go to court.

viola gwena - 25 July 2016

Taura hako Viola, 3 years down unonzwa vaakutaura demolition as if it was done at mars were they are not aware of the goings on

ZIGGY ZIGAWO - 25 July 2016

Please demolish them already. Right now the entire City of Harare farm in Kuwadzana is full of structures yet there are no roads, sewerage, power, water, etc. It's crazy. Please do us a favour and sanitize this place. You have to be an idiot to buy bricks and start building in marshes and matope. What kind of Zanuoid thinking is that?

moe syslack - 25 July 2016

Surely people cannot just build wherever there is open space. A stand is a piece of land that is serviced in the urban context. What is being done under the guise of cooperatives is Slumisation of the city. The winner is the land baron.We are not in the Village were the Sabhuku allocates unserviced land, but even then there is order. Building wherever one chooses is lawlessness. Sadly politicians encourage this to gain cheap votes.

A fool is born every minute - 26 July 2016

cheap votes taurahako

nagasakizim2020 - 26 July 2016

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