The ruling party Zanu PF has thrown housing cooperatives under the bus as they have announced they are in support of the government’s decision to demolish illegal structures including some under housing cooperatives owned by party members, Newsday reports.
Zanu PF through its spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo released a statement that stated that it was in full support of the President’s decision to deal with the issue of land barons:
The revolutionary party Zanu PF fully supports government efforts and firm action as pronounced by His Excellency President Cde ED Mnangagwa on the issue of land barons and illegal settlements in urban councils notably Harare, Chitungwiza, Gweru, Mutare and other towns.
The sprouting of illegal settlements in wetland areas, riverbanks and other prohibited areas is both criminal and inhuman. Wetlands and riverbanks must be protected at all costs. Indeed, the destruction of wetlands worsens the impacts of floods as is currently being experienced in many parts of the country.
People residing on a City of Harare farm in Crowborough have up to 2 April to remove their structures or be evicted by the City of Harare.
The issue of land barons and preserving wetlands is according to the president’s press secretary high on President Mnangagwa’s priority list since he came back from his annual leave earlier this month..