National Housing and Social Amenities Minister Daniel Garwe said that the demolition of houses illegally built on land parcelled out by land barons will spread from Harare and Chitungwiza to other cities and towns.
Speaking at an event in Masvingo recently, Minister Garwe said the demolition of houses in Harare and Chitungwiza serve as “warning shots” fired by the Government.
Garwe said the regularisation exercise will take time and cooperatives should stop giving money to land barons but should pay the money to local authorities to enable then to service their stands. He said:
Regularisation is a process and not an event and we have told land barons not to touch people’s money.
These cooperatives should not continue getting money from their members.
The money should be paid to local authorities so that they can connect water, sewer and other services.
Demolitions and arrests have been done in Chitungwiza and of course, we are moving to other towns and cities around the country.
We have only fired warning shots (in Chitungwiza).
Garwe advised homeowners who have already paid for everything but are still to get services to take legal action against the land barons.