The High Court prevented the demolition of vending stalls at Zengeza 2 market place after Chitungwiza Municipality intended clear the area for Econet Wireless to establish its business centre.
The High Court ruled in favour of the vendors who were set to lose their vending sites.
This was revealed from recent minutes of the Municipality’s Finance Committee, where it said that it has shelved plans to build the centre until the court case has been finalised. The minutes read in part:
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There was a letter which was written by the then town clerk Tanyanyiwa which was used against us in court and the council lost the case.
It was advised that the council was not supposed to tamper with the structures and the area was supposed to continue housing the markets.
He indicated that there was an interdict against council not to demolish and at the moment municipality hands were tied.
The vendors are reportedly operating without licenses and this has prejudiced the council of over $5 500.
Further, the Acting Housing and Community Services director Mr Tendai Chinganga revealed that the land the vendors were operating from was not pegged by the council.