MASVINGO – National Housing and Social Amnenities Minister, Daniel Garwe has warned that the demolitions of houses built on unauthorized land as currently witnessed in Harare and Chitungwiza will soon be taken to other cities.
He was speaking recently at an event in Masvingo.
Garwe said the current demolitions should be considered “warning shots” from the government, adding that cooperatives should stop paying money to land barons but instead pay local councils so that they can get their stands serviced.
“Regularisation is a process and not an event and we have told land barons not to touch people’s money.These cooperatives should not continue getting money from their members, said the minister.
He also added that,” the money should be paid to local authorities so that they can connect water, sewer and other services.”
The minister also advised those who have paid land barons but have not received services to take legal action.
Recently, Harare and Chitungwiza have seen massive demolitions of house that have been built on land illegally sold by land barons.
The local authorities have also take the effort to educate residents on all the necessary documents and steps one should take when acquiring stands and building their homes so as to protect their investments.