The provincial development coordinator for Harare Metropolitan Province Tafadzwa Muguti said that demolitions of illegal structures in Harare will continue even during the rainy season.
Speaking during his keynote address to a Harare City Council (HCC) budget meeting this week, Muguti also revealed that an unsanctioned settlement near Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport will soon be vaporised.
Muguti urged councillors to be vigilant in their areas so that illegal settlements on State land are not allowed to sprout. He said:
There is a growing concern of illegal settlements and this has been necessitated by the lack of an aggressive development policy.
I say this with a bleeding heart because all of you know, you pass through on Mon- day someone is digging a foundation, on Wednesday he is now at window level, you pass through on Sunday this person is now putting trusses…
Where are we when these illegal developments are happening? What are we doing as a council? The residents of Harare have made you custodians of every square inch of land.
… Enforcement should be proactive and not reactive. Let’s be agile in our approach to protect open spaces and wetlands in our city.