(Last Updated on January 13, 2021 by GERALD NCUBE)
CHITUNGWIZA – Over ten thousand illegally built structures, mainly residential homes are expected to be demolished in Chitungwiza, an internal memo has shown.
In the leaked memo, the municipality’s Director of Works is advising the Town Clerk of a list of proposed demolition sites as per meeting held on 21 December 2020.
“This memo serves to submit the list of proposed demolition sites derived from a meeting held on 21 December 2020 at 14:15hrs in the council chamber and chaired by Mr Mvere the CSO.
“I crossed checked the list with the one earlier submitted by the housing department and they are similar in most respects. I noted the absence of commercial sites on this list,” read part of the memo.
The memo further advises the list to be taken to the legal department to ensure that none of the structures are protected by various court orders.
“This list may now be forwarded to the legal department to ensure that none of the structures herein are protected by:
1)The justice Amy Tsanga ruling in October-November 2020
2) Any other High court ruling and
3) Is under any litigation.
However, the demolitions are expected to happen after the wet season following the order given by Minister of Local Government, July Moyo after there was a public outcry recently when over 140 families had their homes demolished in the middle of the rainy season.
There is continued blame game between the mostly MDC Alliance led Councils and the Zanu-PF led Central Government on who is responsible for the demolitions.