Resident Takes Harare City Council To Court Over Wetland Stands

A Harare resident Ephraim Mutami has approached the High Court seeking an order to force the Harare City Council to stop allocating stands and construction of houses in Mabvuku wetland.

In his application, Mutami cited the City of Harare and Prime Bricks (Pvt) Ltd as co-respondents. He is also seeking another order directing the City of Harare to take necessary measures to remove all illegal permanent structures constructed on the Mabvuku wetland within 60 days of service of a court order.

In his declaration Mutami said he resides close to the Mabvuku wetland in Harare and is directly affected by any adverse activity on the wetland. Mutami further said the City of Harare was also unlawfully permitting and approving the construction of permanent structures on the wetland hence his application seeking an order against it. He said the construction of buildings on the wetland was likely to cause the drying up of the wetland. Mutami argues this will affect the availability of water to the population in Harare, among other environmental problems.

More: NewsDay

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The Harare City Council is an administrative body tasked with providing services for residence of Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe. Among other duties, the council is responsible for providing clean drinking water, housing and accomodation, refuse collection facilities and health services. Read More About Harare City Council

Mabvuku is a high-density suburb in the Harare Metropolitan Province. Mabvuku is grouped into Old Mabvuku and New Mabvuku. Old Tafara and New Tafara. The suburb is 17 km east of Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe. Read More About Mabvuku

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