Chitungwiza Municipality has commenced the demolition of illegal structures to restore order in the town.
The exercise began at Huruyadzo Shopping Centre in St Mary’s and Zengeza 5 on Wednesday. Chitungwiza town clerk Evangelista Machona said:
We are just targeting those with fake council papers. They might claim to have papers, but their papers are fraudulent. You find that there will be no record in the office.
We gave them enough notice, and issued prohibition and enforcement. We served through the Press, some in person and others just evaded.
We used to confiscate their tools. They know that and they have remained adamant.
Acting mayor Kiven Mutimbanyoka said the operation will be conducted for 30 days and will deal decisively with land barons.
He urged residents to follow proper procedures when purchasing stands and also during construction.
However, Chitungwiza and Manyame Rural Residents Association secretary Brighton Mazhindu said some of the victims had the “necessary paperwork”. He said:
We are investigating why the council went on to demolish these structures because they all have paperwork. It will cost the ratepayer if the affected owners approach the courts.
Chitungwiza Residents Trust director Alice Kuveya queried why the local authority allowed residents to build the structures in the first place, adding “we have engaged our lawyers and they will take