Housing cooperative beneficiaries who are facing eviction because they built structures on land designated for something else by the city fathers have fingered the ruling party in their chaotic housing situation, Newsday reports.
A member from a Kuwadzana housing cooperative who claims to be a party official has said they got the stands from Zanu PF some 5 years ago:
This is unfair. The party assured us during the 2016 by-elections and we got in with that assurance, now this.
A Zanu PF-affiliated co-operative in Parkridge West Housing Consortium wrote a letter to Harare Harare provincial development co-ordinator Tafadzwa Muguti and said the land they were occupying was allocated to them some 7-8 years ago as the ruling party was planning to neutralize what they called MDC invaders:
These residents were allocated through Zanu PF … around 2013-2014, with the agenda to neutralise the MDC invaders, who had invaded the same farm around 2012 (sic)
22 stands of these MDC invaders were later regularised by the MDC-dominated council, while the Zanu PF members were denied regularisation
Unfortunately, the settlement on the Zanu PF-dominated side was hijacked by selfish land barons who started selling land to other people and subdivided the remainder of the farm into 22 co-operatives,” the consortium leaders said.
Apparently, the farm belongs to the City of Harare. No formal registration was done to the city council by these land barons, but they were milking money from people between 2014 and 2017
Meanwhile, Zanu Pf has released a statement saying they are in full support of the government’s decision to demolish illegal structures in urban councils despite some of the cooperatives being owned by some of their party members.