THE Chitungwiza Municipality has notified people dwelling in structures built on illegal settlements of their intention to demolish the structures.
Chitungwiza is set to demolish houses in over 35 illegal settlements across the town especially houses built on wetlands, sewer lines, under electric power lines, and on-road and areas reserved for the railway lines.
The move which could leave families homess will affect houses in the following areas as published by the State-owned media:
In St Mary’s:
on Macheke Square,
a school site,
behind St Mary’s Police Station,
behind Zengeza Main Primary School,
near the pump station number 3,
St Mary’s Council Creche,
St Mary’s Primary School site,
wetland adjacent to and behind St Mary’s cemetery,
the site from Seke Road Bridge along Manyame River,
St Mary’s Administration Offices entrance and
Chaminuka Main Road.
Zengeza 5 along Chitungwiza Road,
Zengeza 5 wetland on Rockview Extension,
Zengeza 4 Pagomba wetland along the stream
a wetland under high voltage ZESA power lines opposite Girl Child Network,
Zengeza 3 Cone Textile opposite Delta
Zengeza 4 wetland, known as PaChief
Unit J wetlands,
Unit K Key College and
At Chirunga Shopping Centre,
Along Mharapara Road,
Unit A wetland from Chibuku to Tafa Shops and adjacent to Chibuku Stadium,
Unit G Road buffer along Harare-Dema Road Servitude,
Unit O along Duri River,
Unit NOP extension,
Unit P wetland,
wetland between Unit N and F,
areas between Garikai Hlalani Kuhle,
Unit L extension,
wetland adjacent Unit L cemetery and Zanoremba.
Chitungwiza Municiicipality public relations officer Mr Lovemore Meyathe developments and said they were demolishing the structures because of the directive from the provincial development coordinator.
“These are the areas that earmarked for demolition as well as those houses that were constructed on institutional land.
“This follows a press statement by the provincial development coordinator where he emphasised that there is need to sanitise the Harare Metropolitan Province, so that is the issue that has triggered the demolitions.”
Acting town clerk Mrs Evangelista Machona yesterday notified the residents of the demolitions saying once the demolitions were effected, council will not incur the costs.
“Therefore, take note that in terms of Section 35 of the Regional, Town and Country Planning Act (Chapter 29: 12) 1996 you are ordered to depart from the land, remove all your property from the land, demolish any structures erected and remove all the rubble from the land, and restore the land to its original state. This order comes into operation forthwith and the demolitions and action outlines herein should be completed within five days by 12 October 2020.”
Mrs Machona said all those buildings without adequate council papers and inspections will risk their structures being demolished.