The High Court confirmed the eviction of 13 retrenched and retired civil servants from Government houses in Highfield. The 13 were refusing to leave on the basis that they expected an offer to buy the houses or be offered alternative accommodation given the service they had rendered to the State as per the then government policy which was changed.
The retrenched and retired civil servants occupied houses in the Messengers’ Camp for periods ranging from 10 to 19 years. The group had unsuccessfully sued the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and Urban Development at the civil courts. In his ruling, High Court judge, Justice Alfas Chitakunye said the court could not interfere with Government’s change of policy of selling the houses to former employees. He dismissed the group’s appeal with costs.