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President Tsvangirai assesses Ruwa demolitions
for Democratic Change (MDC-T)
of residential properties by Zanu PF in Ruwa and Chitungwiza was
inhumane, callous and overzealous, President Tsvangirai has said.
He said this
after assessing over 200 tuck shops that were destroyed
by Zanu PF in Runyararo, Zimre and Damofalls all in Ruwa today.
“It was callous and overzealous. A lot of people are dependent
on these shops not only for service but for income and it was very
inhumane for Zanu PF to destroy the shops,” President Tsvangirai
said after the tour.
said he was invited by the MDC-led Ruwa Town Council chairperson,
Phinieas Mushayavanhu to witness for himself the untold suffering
that had befallen the residents of Ruwa after the Zanu PF demolitions.
“It is vindictive and there is no rationale for Zanu PF to
demolish the people’s properties and worse it brought back
the realities of 2005
Murambatsvina,” he said adding that the Zanu PF government
must immediately stop the demolitions.
be sensitive and must have a conscience in view of the suffering
that the people are facing”.
He said despite
Zanu PF’s insensitivity, he was happy that the Ruwa Town Council
was working on easing the lives of Ruwa residents by constructing
corner shops and ensuring that informal and formal traders co-exist.
The Ruwa Town
Council chairperson said the decision to demolish the properties
was mooted by the Minister of Local Government, Ignatius Chombo
who ordered his ministry and the Epworth/Ruwa Board officials to
demolish the properties, a move which affected the lives of hundreds
of families in the town.
directive was a clear violation of Section 74 of the new Constitution,
which states that; “No person may be evicted from their home,
or have their home demolished without order of court made after
considering all the relevant circumstances”.
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