Former Energy Energy Minister Advocate Fortune Chasi has condemned the demolition of houses saying it leaves owners vulnerable especially this time when rains are expected to fall anytime.
He speaks when the Chitungwiza Municipality has issued a demolition order to individuals in Seke, St Mary’s and Zengeza who erected their structures on undesignated sites. Posting on Twitter, Chasi said:
Is there an alternative plan to accommodate these people?
What is the effect and cost of this to the economy? Brand new materials all put to waste!
To me this is not right at all! And it shows a vindictiveness which is very very primitive!
The choice of the time for demolitions is devilish in my view. Just when the rains are upon us! Where do these people go mvura ichinaya?
… My question really is whole suburbs are being built illegally. Where is council right at the beginning. Each area has council offices – can they not see this?
Chitungwiza Municipality says the intended demolitions are as a result of a directive from the central government to sanitise the local authority.
Local government authorities have for long been razing illegal structures leaving owners stranded. The most infamous demolition exercise is Operation Murambatsvina of 2005 which saw many houses and tuckshops destroyed.
The mushrooming of structures in undesignated sites has been viewed as a sign that there is a huge shortage of shelter.
The right to adequate housing is a human right recognized in international human rights law as part of the right to an adequate standard of living.
It is referred to in article 25 (1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Zimbabwean Constitution recognises it as a basic right.
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