Murambatsvina: Government demolishing Chitungwiza houses, no going back

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Government says there is no going back on the demolition of houses in Chitungwiza and Manyame as court orders authorising the demolitions have been obtained.

The demolitions to be effected by the Chitungwiza City Council and Manyame Rural District Council will be above board as they are backed by court orders.

Giving oral evidence before a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Minister Ignatius Chombo said thorough investigations about each and every structure had been carried out while documents on how people obtained land had been analysed.

He highlighted that only those who were cheated by council will be compensated.  

"If you were cheated by the local authority, it ought to give you a piece of land but if you gave yourself land, why should you be compensated?" asked Dr Chombo.

Government’s investigative report on the allocation of stands in Chitungwiza and Manyame showed that some residents inappropriately built on wetlands, municipal service lines and areas designated for other purposes.

Massive corruption was also unearthed and the taskforce recommended the demolition of houses built on undesignated places.


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