The ruling Zanu PF party Wednesday said demolitions of hundreds of houses at Melfort, Diamond Park in Goromonzi under a housing development run by Roger Pote were done in error.
Pote a Zanu PF youth league provincial executive member is a director at Eastwinds Properties, which was developing the Melfort stands.
Zanu PF on Monday said it had ordered Local Government and National Housing ministers July Moyo and Daniel Garwe, respectively, to stop the demolitions, describing them as “inhumane”.
But barely 24 hours after Obert Mpofu’s statements, demolitions resumed in Glen View suburb, following on from the destruction which started at Mbare’s Mupedzanhamo market and spread to Chitungwiza and in Mashonaland East province.
The ruling party Wednesday convened a stakeholders meeting which was attended by Garwe and Moyo as well as Mashonaland East Provincial Affairs minister Apolonia Munzverengi to try and resolve the Melfort demolitions.
Zanu PF acting political commissar Patrick Chinamasa said the stakeholders’ meeting ordered Moyo and Garwe to resolve the issue of land barons, while Zanu PF councillors were ordered to consult in future before land developments are undertaken.
The meeting set up a housing regulation committee including the Small and Medium Enterprise ministry, Justice, provincial ministers as well as Local Government and National Housing.
Chinamasa also said the party was going to take action against party members implicated in “selfish heinous activities”. He added:
_Name-dropping does not award anyone authority and the law must take its course._
_Land barons must be brought to book. As the ruling party, we say that all those who were affected by the demolitions should be awarded another land. The demolitions were done in error. Consultations must have been made with all stakeholders before they were done._
Former Mines Minister Obert Mpofu reiterated that the law should take its course on those who had unlawfully allocated land to land seekers.
ZANU PF claimed Pote and his company disregarded the instructions from Goromonzi Rural District Council to halt construction in Melfort, which prompted the local authority to seek a court order to demolish the illegal houses.
Zanu PF shifted the blame to some unnamed party members, whom it said were using the party’s name to defraud land seekers.
The party has been accusing the MDC Alliance of causing the demolitions, an allegation the opposition party has denied.