THE NGO NETWORK ALLIANCE PROJECT - an online community for Zimbabwean activists  
 View archive by sector



Back to Index

President Tsvangirai assesses Ruwa demolitions
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T)
November 19, 2013

The demolition 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.

President Tsvangirai 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.

“It should 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.

Chombo’s 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”.

Please credit if you make use of material from this website. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License unless stated otherwise.