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CHIPRA statement on demolition of 10 000 houses in Chitungwiza
Progressive Residents Association (CHIPRA)
November 08, 2013
Progressive Residents Association receive with shock the message
from the Local Governance Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo on the government
intention to demolish 10 000 stands in Chitungwiza. This message
comes with shock because Dr Chombo was the minister of the same
ministry for the past decade, he presided over Chitungwiza Municipality
through a commission when he sacked the then elected Mayor Mr Mishech
Shoko, when he suspended the former town clerk Mr Godfrey Tanyanyiwa
and when he brought in a commission led by Mr Fungal Mbetsa. All
and sundry are aware that during this period land was being parceled
out to people through corrupt means.
We at CHIPRA
do not condone corruption and its ill effects, but demolishing houses
that were bought legally from the council and council accepted cooperatives
is a violation of human rights. Section 74 of the new Zimbabwean
states that, no person may be evicted from their home, or have their
home demolished, without an order of court made after considering
all the relevant circumstances. It is in this spirit that CHIPRA
is saying the government should stop forthwith this envisaged action.
municipality should bear the brunt for allocating stands on illegal
spaces by providing new stands serviced and built reasonable houses
as espoused by section 28 of the new Zimbabwean constitution which
states that all government agencies should provide adequate shelters
for the affected persons whilst pursuing legal measures against
the unscrupulous cooperatives which robbed unsuspecting home seekers.
We urge the new councilors
and the Mayor to clean the mess that was left by commissions and
the former town clerk. We urge Mr George Makunde to bring sanity
in the management of Chitungwiza affairs. We value your contributions
in Kariba hence we do not expect that Chitungwiza Municipality to
be an appendage of the ministry in the day-to-day operations of
the council both in management and procurement.
Government should redirect
their efforts towards community development, employment creation
and empowerment. We do not empower through destruction of what we
built over the years with sweat and tears.
At CHIPRA we
remain resolute; we do not want a repeat of Operation
Murambatsvina which made more than 700 000 people destitute
as we say “together for better service delivery”.
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