200 houses were reportedly built on land reserved for Nyatsime Graveyard in Chitungwiza, H Metro reports. The matter came to light as the council is seeking permission to demolish 11 200 houses in Chitungwiza which were deemed illegal structures.
9500 houses will be demolished in Nyatsime only if the full council meeting resolves to demolish the houses according to the publication.
The matter came to light in a letter from the Council’s Chief security Godwin Mvere seen by the publication which stated that:
This memo serves to submit the list of proposed demolition sites derived from a meeting held on December 21, 2020 at 14:15hrs in the council chamber and chaired by Mr Mvere the CSO. I cross checked this list with the one earlier submitted by the housing department and they are similar in most respects.
I have noted the absence of commercial sites on this list. This list may now be forwarded to the legal department to ensure that none of the structures herein are protected by the Justice Amy Tsanga ruling in October-November 2020 …any other High Court ruling and is under litigation.
Areas to be demolished besides Manyame includes part of Unit A, Unit G, Unit J, Unit K, St Mary’s, and Zengeza 5. Chitungwiza is not the only council having a problem with illegal structures, Harare last month revealed that 500 houses were built on land reserved for High Glen Stadium.
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