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Registration of illegal settlers

By Munyaradzi Doma / Published on Wednesday, 02 Nov 2016 14:56 PM / No Comments / 864 views

2 November 2016

 Mathew Marara
Mathew Marara

The City of Harare completed the registration of illegal settlers who are now awaiting relocation to sites planned for residential purposes.

This is detailed in recent minutes of the Education, Health, Housing and Community Services and Licensing Committee.

Acting Director of Housing and Social Development Retired Major Mathew Marara reported to the committee that “a total of 10 000 beneficiaries were registered and awaiting relocation to sites planned for residential purposes.

“The Director of Works was in the process of identifying such sites.

“The Director of Works in consultation with EMA were verifying the status of sites zoned wetlands for possible regularisation or relocation of illegal settlers.

“Regularization of illegal settlements on sites zoned for residential purposed commenced on June 2016 and was in progress,” read the recent minutes.

Rtd Major Mathew also told the same committee that some housing cooperatives namely Josiah, Three Glory and Zvido Zvemagamba had since withdrawn court cases against council.

But he also reported that “new land invasions had been reported to the director of works and the Zimbabwe republic police for enforcement and prosecutions.”

Committee members however demanded more information from Rtd Major Marara as they felt pertinent issues had not been really addressed on way forward.

In a previous meeting, council had approved the recommendations to relocate illegal settlements on institutional sites i.e schools, hospitals, clinics, churches, open public spaces, home industries, commercial centres, crèches, community centres and recreational centres and farms to alternative residential sites in line with the housing policy.”

Despite the resolutions for relocate all those illegally settlers, one issue which continues to dominate council debates is that of fresh land invasions.

Councillor Samuel Chinyowa said “your worship there are fresh land invasions in most of the areas in Harare.

“We had some visits here in Harare seeing all the illegal structures and we saw as councillors but there was no action taken, hapana chakaitwa, so now people will not take us seriously, takaona zvakadaro takasiya zvakadaro.

“Now again people will never be scared to invade any land again because they will say council will not do anything about it, because we are failing to take action.

“I think we should be seen doing something kuitira kuti maland invasions your worship aite mashoma,” said Cllr Chinyowa.

Councillor Tranos Moyo said “in Warren Park you know from the robot going to Kambuzuma, the youth were pegging stands for residential, typical road expansion.

“I concur with him (Cllr Chinyowa) tirikuda mazino ecouncil and vanotanga kutovaka tozoreactor zvinhu zvatoyenda pamwe.

“The DO (District Officer) knows but I don’t think its insufficient, we just have to be responsive as council and we need to deal with all these land barons going forward so that we solve this once and for all.

“Vaitoita zvenhambwe zviya zvekuti one, two, three, five, then munhu akutogadzirisa plan yekuda kuvaka ipapo, hazviite zvakanaka,” said Cllr Tranos Moyo.