Articles tagged 'demolitions'

Court halts Chi-Town house demolitions 18 April 2018 HARARE - Chitungwiza municipality has been ordered to stop demolishing any structures in the dormitory town. According to the order issued by Magistrate Mutetwa, the mooted demolitions were unlawful. The interdict comes after Chitungwiza and Manyame Rural Residents Association (Camera) appr...
No going back on demolition of illegal structures 27 August 2017 HARARE - The Harare City Council (HCC) has said there is no going back on the demolition of “illegal structures'' in the capital city. HCC spokesperson Michael Chideme said the demolitions were meant to pave way for sustainable development. The exercise will also help the municipality in it...
High Court blocks Mazowe evictions 25 March 2017 HARARE - High Court Judge Felistus Chatukuta has ordered the police to stop demolitions and eviction of several families occupying Arnold Farm in Mazowe. Chatukuta granted the order by consent yesterday after the occupants — through their lawyer Donsa Nkomo from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human ...
Bak Storage demolitions: Nowhere to call home 20 November 2016 HARARE - The image of a wailing mother flinging her arms in grief while her child tries in vain to console her has not been easily forgotten by onlookers who stood motionless as bulldozers razed down structures along Harare-Masvingo road. It's been close to a month since that episode left more...
'No demolitions without court order' 7 October 2016 HARARE - High Court judge Owen Tagu has ordered the Harare City Council (HCC) not to demolish houses without a court order. Tagu made the ruling in a matter in which Budiriro 4 residents, through their lawyer Tonderai Bhatasara, had dragged the local authority to court challenging the demoliti...
Harare to demolish illegal settlements 25 July 2016 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 regularisa...
5 000 face eviction 12 December 2015 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. [GoogleAd]...
Respect people's right to shelter 28 September 2014 HARARE - The action by Chitungwiza municipality and the Epworth Local Board to wantonly demolish people’s properties is a direct affront to the country’s Constitution and Zimbabweans must begin to worry about whether ours can ever be a society that believes in constitutionalism. During the cra...
Demolition blitz: Residents arrested 28 September 2014 HARARE - At least 10 Epworth residents were arrested on Friday as police clashed with angry residents resisting evictions and demolitions  sanctioned by the Epworth local board, human rights lawyers said yesterday. A police anti-riot unit was forced to fire warning shots into the air as reside...
Council in midnight demolition blitz 27 September 2014 HARARE - Violence threatened to rear its ugly head in Chitungwiza yesterday as a mob threatened to burn down the mayor's house and kidnap his children following the demolition of properties by council in the early hours of Friday morning. “A mob of more than 50 people came to my offices and th...
'Zanu PF betrayed us' 27 April 2014 CHITUNGWIZA - For Justice Mhonda, a fruit and vegetable vendor, the world has turned upside down as he is suffering from a deep sense of betrayal by those whom he loved and trusted the most. He was first betrayed by his wife of 10 years, who left him while he was busy campaigning for the rulin...
Court stays Chitungwiza demolitions 25 April 2014 CHITUNGWIZA - Magistrate Marehwanazvo Gofa yesterday granted an interdict staying the demolition of houses the municipality said were built on undesignated sites. The magistrate ruled that council should abide by Section 74 of the new Constitution which states that no person may be evicted fro...
Demolitions: Rights lawyers warn Chombo 15 April 2014 HARARE - Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo’s threat to evict and demolish houses for “illegally-settled” Chitungwiza and Manyame rural residents has been branded unconstitutional by rights lawyers. Chombo issued a three-week ultimatum last week to Chitungwiza and Manyame Rural District...
Murambatsvina curse haunts Zim 30 March 2014 HARARE - With government and local municipalities failing, despite lofty plans and pronouncements, to clear the ever-growing urban housing backlog, many home seekers are still paying for the sins of greedy land barons. Since the country’s switch to the multi-currency system, home seekers have ...
Tension high in Goromonzi over evictions 10 March 2014 HARARE - Tensions are escalating in Goromonzi as residents are being arbitrarily evicted from their homes, while land is  being sold for as little as a single goat. Fingered in the scam is Tafi Tafirenyika of Tafirenyika Village in Goromonzi, who residents claim uses his political connections ...
Nyatsime residents resist demolitions 5 March 2014 HARARE - Nyatsime resembled a war zone as hundreds of residents attacked the Deputy Sheriff’s and council vehicles that had come to demolish their houses yesterday morning. This followed  a High Court order directing the demolitions.  Angry residents who claimed to have paid Chitungwiza Mun...
Chitungwiza develops cold feet on demolitions 5 February 2014 HARARE - Government's plan to demolish 14 000  in Chitungwiza, appear to have hit a snag as the town continues to backtrack. Joel Biggie Matiza, the deputy minister of Local Government who led a probe team into Chitungwiza’s illegal allocation of land to desperate home seekers, yesterday said ...
Chi-Town demolitions resume 3 February 2014 CHITUNGWIZA - The housing demolition exercise here, which had hit a false start,  resumes today, according to the town’s council, starting with land baron Bonface “Nyonga Nyonga” Manyonganise’s house. The demolitions will target several other houses identified during Friday’s tour conducted by...
House demolitions are illegal 30 January 2014 EDITOR — The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) yesterday disrupted a residents’ meeting held at Unit L Community Hall in Chitungwiza around 17:45 hours. The meeting was organised by Chitungwiza Residents’ Trust (Chitrest) as a platform to give its members and residents a chance to get feedback af...
Chitungwiza council, residents clash over water 27 January 2014 HARARE - Chitungwiza residents are up-in-arms with the town's council whom they accuse of shutting down the only borehole that was servicing Unit O. The residents alleged Chitungwiza City Council blocked the borehole that was supplying hundreds of households because they felt residents were no...
Chitungwiza residents resist home demolitions 27 January 2014 HARARE - Chitungwiza residents, whose houses are facing demolition say they will not move an inch because they acquired the stands legally. The residents claim the exercise is unfair and would do whatever it takes to stop the municipality from destroying their houses. Some of the people who...
Chitungwiza braces for housing demolitions 20 January 2014 HARARE - Thousands of Chitungwiza residents must brace for housing demolitions after Local Government deputy minister Joel Biggie Matiza handed over a damning land audit report to council. Matiza presented the final report to Phillip Mutoti, the mayor of Chitungwiza, the district administrator...
Residents vow to resist demolitions 15 December 2013 HARARE - Government's plans to demolish houses in Chitungwiza faces stiff resistance as residents in Seke Unit 'O' Extension  have vowed to strongly resist any such move. This follows a consultative  meeting held on Friday. Recent findings from the Matiza report laying bare massive corrupti...
Consult stakeholders on demolitions issue 4 December 2013 EDITOR ? Chitungwiza Residents Trust (Chitrest) reiterates its position on the proposed demolitions of houses by government. While we welcome the J.B. Matiza-chaired investigation team for Chitungwiza and Seke Rural District Council, we hope the team will allow adequate consultation of residen...
Demolitions 'callous, inhumane' 21 November 2013 HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has demanded that the Zanu PF-led government stops the “madness of destroying people's homes and livelihoods.” Speaking to the Daily News on Tuesday after touring suburbs in Ruwa, Zimre Park and Damafalls where police demolished tuck shops, the form...