14 000 houses face demolition in Chitungwiza

Min Chombo

Min Chombo

Daniel Nemukuyu Senior Reporter
More than 14 000 residential stands allocated to home seekers in Chitungwiza and Manyame Rural District Council are illegal and the structures built on them should be demolished, a Government audit on illegal structures has established. Of these 8 260 stands are in Chitungwiza, while 6 200 are in Seke communal lands under Manyame Rural District Council and it has emerged that they were allocated on land earmarked for other purposes.

Some of the stands were created on spaces reserved for clinics, churches, schools, cemeteries, recreational activities and roads, while others were created under high voltage electricity pylons.

In Seke rural, some people were allocated stands on grazing lands, wetlands, and other lands not suitable for housing.
The audit team recommended the arrest and prosecution of land barons who are mainly housing co-operatives, councillors and village heads after it emerged that they looted and illegally sold 23 074 stands that did not belong to them, pocketing more than US$20 million.

United We Stand Multi-Purpose Co-operative, which is believed to be run by some councillors and other influential people in Chitungwiza, was singled out as the chief land baron both in Chitungwiza and Seke.

Government assured the families that would be affected that they would be offered alternative land upon being ordered to vacate their stands.

Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Deputy Minister Biggie Matiza said yesterday that the process was proper and legal.
“I must emphasise that the exercise is well organised, humane, planned and co-ordinated and it respects human rights and the rule of law,” he said.

“As a committee, we have recommended that all affected should have somewhere to go and that should silence any fears of so called wanton demolitions.

“We are doing a properly organised exercise that was thoroughly investigated and appropriate recommendations have been given.
“We now eagerly await implementation of these recommendations with lots of enthusiasm. We want to see our urban set up improving.”
The audit report and recommendations were handed to Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Ignatius Chombo who said he would study the document thoroughly and make his recommendations.

“We have just received the report and we want to study it very carefully and determine what recommendations we are going to take, what recommendations we are going to improve on and what recommendations we are going to adjust,” he said.

Minister Chombo said by next week, the ministry’s position would be ready for implementation and those found to have a case to answer would be prosecuted.

He said investigations on suspended councillor Dr Fradrick Mabamba over allegations of selling land that did not belong to him were under way.

“It is alleged that Dr Mabamba sold land that does not belong to him in Chitungwiza and it is further alleged he also sold lots of land in Seke communal lands that do not belong to him,” said Minister Chombo.

“We have suspended him from all council activities so that we can now send a team to investigate the allegations.
“When that is done, we will determine whether he is suitable to be a councillor or not.”

Leader of the audit team Mr Ronald Chimowa proposed that Dunnotar Farm, which is near Chitungwiza, should be converted into urban land and allocated to some of the 8 260 affected families from the town,

“Estimation based on town planning standards suggest that the farm could accommodate about 7 800 families, meaning that the balance could be accommodated through replanning of the town itself,” he said.

It was the investigating team’s finding that wards1,2,3 and 8 of Seke were the hub of illicit land deals and the village heads and councillors had embarked on an operation codenamed “Operation Garawadya” to fatten their pockets through illegal sales of land. In Chitungwiza town near Chibuku Stadium, the land earmarked for construction of a clinic was invaded and turned into residential stands.

In Unit J behind Seke 7 Primary School, residential stands were created and allocated to people on land that was meant for construction of churches.

Near St Mary’s Academy in Zengeza 4, housing stands were on land reserved for schools, while in Unit L some stands were created on roads.
In Unit G and Unit P, some houses were built on wetlands, while others were built below high voltage power lines.

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  • mafirakureva

    pamberi neZanu pf.

  • bimp

    Mwari pindirai

  • Cde

    Town Planning? Murikuti nzvimbo yemigwagwa, zvipatara nezvikoro. Zvipatara zvatinazvo kutaura kudai hazvina kana chiro, a hospital bed yakatengwa 1987 ichirimo muchipatara kutaura kudai, City centre roads are in shambles, pot holes everywhere. kwenyu kumadale ndiko kusina maswamps nhai? Tangai magadzira matambudziko arikuonekwa nemunhu wese . Let the poor enjoy the freedom of a free Zimbabwe. VaMugabe apa pindirai, Chombo ngaarwe hondo yake nehama yake Mabamba. Chombo wacho ngaaende kuJeri. Vanhu vakavaka dzimba idzi kare kwazvo, zvazoshata nhasi nekuti tapedza kukuvhoterai here? Ndapota tiri zvizvarwa zvenyika yeZimbabwe, hatizi mhuka dzesango. Makanzuru ari kutora mari yemitero kudzimba dzamurikuti pazai idzi . Takarwa hondo kuti tive nerugare nehama dzedu, hatina kurwisa vapambepfumi kuti tizourayana pachedu.Zimbabwe ndeyevanhu, zvinonyadzisa zvikuru kuona munhu mukuru achida kufuridza kahuswa kari muziso repwere iye muziso rake mune zidanda. MaCdes, izvi mukazvigona nezera ramava iri munenge makasimba chaizvo, simba chairo hamuchina chasara pamuri muromo chete, musashungurudza zvizvarwa zvemunyika kunge zvipembere zvamakabvisa nyanga mukatengesa mukatangazve kurova vasina nyatwa. Ikozvino ngoda hakuchina kuchiyadzwa , vanochera vakatosvika pamabwe epasi pasi apa nyika haina chayakawana kubva pazvicherwa izvi. Madiamonds akaenda kupi? kudzinga vagari vechiyadzwa ndokuvavakira tudzimba tusingasviki $1000-Ngoda idzi dzakauya nevadzimu zvino imi takarasima kuchera muchizadza homwe dzenyu….chidzicherai tiwone. Garai pasi zvakare mubvise vasungwa vasina mhosva vari mumajeri, imi muzadze majeri aya nekuti ndimi mune huwori. Maybe kana mobva kuJeri munenge mofunga zvakanaka . VaMugabe tisu takavagadza pachigaro nekuti tinovada, saka ngavaongorore nyaya iyi zvine hudzamu ivo mbune, kana zvichitokwanisika vafambewo munzvimbo dzese idzi vachiwona kushingaira kwakaita vana veZimbabwe kuvaka dzimba dzavo kubudikidza nekushanda nesimba nyangwezvazvo MaSanctions tava kuzvitemera pachedu. Mienzaniso yekuzvitemera MaSanctions….Muchechetere’s salary included US$3 000 as entertainment allowance, a US$2 500 allowance to pay his domestic workers, US$3 500 for housing allowance and US$3 000 as a general allowance.
    Apart from this, Mr Muchechetere was also receiving unlimited access to fuel every month, five business class air tickets for him and his family to any international destination of his choice, three regional tickets and unlimited local air tickets every year. Tangai mabvunzana pahukuru hwenyu kuti ngana nangana vane mapurazi mangani……Dzimba ngani….??????????

    • zvichapera

      warwadziwa sure…. enda unovaka kumusha kwako pamberi ne ZANU PF..

      • icho

        This was no case of oversight but pure politicking. The people were left alone when it was politically expedient but now they are politically expendable. That many houses would not be built without the ministry being aware of it.

        Kurwara kwemablind supporters – maChina ari kuvaka mumawetland illegally courtesy of the same Chombo pasina chaitwa and in spite of complaints from the engineers muchiti zii; asi venyu vopunzirwa dzimba mopembera. Upenzi zvahunoita.

    • Clverness Mutown

      After a moment of madness, this is what is expected to correct the situation.This has nothing to do with politics but to normalise the bad situation. All land is government property and should not be sold seizvi

  • Popiro

    why did you allow them to build in the first place?

    • Clverness Mutown

      They committed a crime and should pay. Do you say wakaregerei munhu achiba. Hapana munhu anobvumirwa kupara mhosva.

      • Gggghhhh

        Stealing it’s a matter of seconds
        …building a house it’s takes ages….they knew vaivakapo…destroying them then what

  • Mimi

    If ever Chombo’s Ministry has done anything positive then this is the issue. Yes, it is a pity that there will be a loss by the affected people but better to sort this issue once and for all now. The Illegal allocation of stands in the affected areas should be condoned and discouraged. Leaving them will send the wrong message. Let the affected people be given land elsewhere but not on land that is clearly not meant for house-building.

    • Premier Park

      Ko Harare North Housing Cooperative Zvandasara and Dhora Saruware were sentenced to a combine 8yrs in jail demolish those illegal structures totaling 800

  • Japana Hapana

    Viva znu pf! Viva!

  • Tonderayi Chanakira

    Some of us come from Seke which is our rural home. Nhai minister Chombo muri kuvhi fambisa sei? Muri kuda kuti tiende kuno gara kupi nhai minister isu tiri vana ve ma Seke? Some one has a hidden agenda here!

  • Muzukuru

    Cities have diverted from original town planning. There are now shortages for schools e.g. in Ruwa, spaces were sold to individuals. All towns and Cities should be audited, we dont want another health scam to loom

  • Tichaona

    I got a stand from one of the Sabhukuz, hoping to be in a rural area that is close to town. Now the place is houses of all types and stands of all sizes! AND PATRIOTIC LEADERS AND AUDITORS SAW all these mushrooms growing, vakangonyarara zvavo vachiti regai vambovaka tigozovataridza simba redu in the near futureI understand the point of wanting to re-strategise and sanitise the situation. If you are not just a lazy person reading news and commenting as a way of entertaining yourself, you will sympathise with people like me (I bet some readers don’t even know where Seke is yet they are prolific commentators). Yet even I know that the town should not be allowed to grow unplanned. Unplanned growth normally takes place when those who should plan are too busy to care, too busy on issues that should be done during own private time. You see how much a realist I am?

    Never the less, I AM SKEPTICAL about the future. It’s OK that the audit report is now out and recommendations are there. But without causing unnecessary anxiety, will the minister by next week recommend that the list of those affected be compiled and they are given offer letters to move to whatever place before that place is filled with 90% of people who were never affected in the first place? Will that place be serviced in time for people like me to start re-construction. This chaos is again because of the absence of a proper authority that uses their positions to do what they are mandated to do. I am eagerly waiting for the official position. I would happily accept relocation. But I hope this would be CLEARLY COMMUNICATED directly to those affected from the rightful authority and clear procedures would be laid down. Otherwise ticharamba tichingonzwa from the media whose agenda by the way is nothing to do with us but to have their papers sold using the plight of poor and “houseless” people like me.

  • GOD is our PROTECTOR

    You make people cry, GOD will make sure your own life will be miserable . VaChombo
    go ahead with your plain of inflicting pain into other people and see if GOD is going to keep quite. Kuna MWARI kude, just dare him and then you will see he is not sleeping, but fully awake, watching over us,the poor and disadvantaged.
    In 2005 you demolished people’s homes and promised them stands which you never
    fulfilled . VaChombo dzimwe dzimba that you want to demolition below to widows and orphans and GOD says that anyone who make these people cry anenge abata mboni yeziso raMWARI.

    Chombo go ahead with your plan and I bet you, you have GOD to deal with.

    • Tichaona

      I can see that you are really pained like me. But Mwari wandinoziva manje havawanzopindira like you hope mwana wamai, He leaves us to sort out each other till we die. “Regai zvikurirane pamwe chete, sawi nezviyo…..” Otherwise kunodei pasi pano pasisina kudzvanyirirwa… isu venhamo taingoisa munamato vaipi vokwaturwa takatarisa. Manje the truth is wenhamo unotoirinda kusvika kwaedza. I really am as angry and sad as you after building my house using mari yekutamburira nhasi ndoverenga kuti vachaputsa. Dai zvavo vatiunganidza vataura kuti tinopiwa nguva yakawanda zvakadii yekututa marata neFence. Manje some looters whom they reared in the name of Youth Yemusangano will check to see kuti asiri paimba ndiyani, towana tabirwa even marata akaRoofa imba chaiwo simply because there is no formality no announcement even in destruction.

  • manheru banga

    Make up your mind anaChombo. You should talk to Savanhu for his concent before destroying the dwellings. He is the voice.

  • Wolves Witches and Giants

    Its much easier for Negroids to destroy than come up with good sound policies they can implement. They would rather be evasive about their position when things are being developed and done because for them being RESPONSIBLE for anything is a phobia much feared than anything else on this planet. In Zim everything is blamed on Sanctions and Rhodes who has been dead for more than a 100 Years.

    Depending on what its agenda is the Negroid will pounce and demand that destruction take place so that he can be seen to be taking action. Kwachu kwachu time, the delight is matched by nothing else. Taking his hammer and destroying is easier than building and is something we have mastered. We like it when we say, takazovadzinga, takavatorera, takamugadzirisa. I guess the reason we are so happy to destroy is because we have never built any system of our own.

    On the flip side. Ministry yanga iripo paivakwa. Dzimba dzine magetsi, dzine sewage. Zvakapasiswa zvese. What was their position? The usual “Can’t commit”. Now its time to destroy they don’t mince their words and their position is clear. If only developmental policies were as clear. NB: This applies to many areas in our Country.

  • LOGIC

    When all those houses were being built,do you mean to tell us kuti hapana aizviona kuti the stands were not for houses???? Why now? Are you going to build houses or you are going to just give them land, pasina chinhu

    • Clverness Mutown

      Do they have approved plans and were the stages of construction inspected nani wacho. Putsai chete punishment plus good move. mhosva imhosva inopera nechirango

      • Tafa

        Yes, Signed Lease agreements, Approved plans and stage forms are all in place Cleverness, signed by local Council officials. It’s sad that after all the effort and some $40,000.00 investment you are told the structure is illegal and must be demolished.

      • Gggghhhh

        You are an idiot iwe..you don’t feel sorry for others…

  • munhuwashe

    When the First 10 Houses were built were was Local Government, Public Works and National Housing. Why TODAY. WHY NOT THEN, WHERE WAS THE LAW. These houses were built tese tichiona. Why the urgency now. What has changed. Why was this not stopped then. Regularize these houses, Move those who are on dangerous places like Power Lines, rivers etc. But Leave the rest of people. Sort out other Important issues like Water, Roads, Clinics. There is other ways of solving this than demolition. Ndatenda Vanhu vashe.

    • zimboy

      Taura hako Munhuwashe. We all saw these stands being allocated and built and we chose to keep quite. Why are we so slow to react when laws are being broken. Did we need this committee to know that illegal construction and allocation of stands was happening. You might choose to re-locate these people but the loses they would have incurred are huge. Most of the people allocated stands did it in good faith without knowing that it was illegal (yes we appreciate that ignorance of law is no defence) and silence by the authorities until now “legalised” it. When some people cry long and loud that there is no rule of law in Zimbabwe; and that people are being abused, we label them as unpatriotic. CRY MY BELOVED COUNTRY

  • kyle

    The move that the ministry is about to take is a reflection of personal interests rather than the interests of the public. Government=Public and the ministry must know that. If the public is struggling to have roofs over their head, and then a ministry that cares comes to destroy without compensation, then I wonder whether this ministry cares! The amounts invested by poor people in erecting these structures are life time savings and after demolition, such people will be rendered poor forever. Some are even struggling with loan repayments as they had borrowed for construction.
    A ministry that knows how to demolish home more than it knows how to built homes for its people is a disappointment. In fact, this ministry is dysfunctional because its corruption allowed the growth of these so called “illegal’ structures’ only to wake up one day talking of demolition for the sake of being seen to be doing something.
    I wish our leaders were like Tendai Savanhu.

  • Moyana

    People should understand and appreciate order. It is self defeating to speak of human rights as a means of protection while pretending to be ignorant about the law. By the way, ignorance has no defense. Ndiyo rule of law yacho uye yamunochemera. I would not want to imagine taxpayer’s money being used by the Gvt to fund rectification of ileagall activities. Kune avo vari kuti Mwari panyaya iyi should know very well that He is a God of order. Otherwise face the music.

    • bimp

      What order are you talking about when most of these houses were approved have stage forms and approvals from the council, magetsi aiiswa nani, these houses dzane 4 years and today they say it was supposed to be a school, clinic etc. thats the highest degree of disorder in the local gvt structures

    • Gggghhhh

      Rubbish order chii

  • Cde Jairos Tapfuma

    THE problem that i now see with Zanu-PF is that of just barking and not arresting anyone as they promise to do. The reason why people keep doing the illegal even after Murambatsvina is because Zanu-PF is too tolerant. Why should i be made to pay all the dues to councils when some are busy looting the land? This is why people end up not paying rates and bills to councils and the country is plunged into chaos. Please, Dr Chombo take action. Destroy those illegal houses to retain sanity.

  • VIVA

    Muchirungu vanoti -always a short cut is a wrong cut-pachizezuru tinoziva kuti nzira yekudumbudzira ndiyo ine ma bhinya-iye munhu aingovaka imba asina kupihwa ne council kuti zviite sei-vanhu vajaira kurarama pasina mutemo-out of the 14 000 houses built, no one has an offer letter from the council-chekumirira hapana ,gadzirisai nzvimbo nguva iripo

    muvhunzo wangu kuna va Chombo ndewekeuti ,kana muchiti peri urban farms,munenge muchireva ma farms api acho-sekutaura kwenyu maiti ma per urban farms ,achatorwa ne councils kuti vaite ma developments vachipa ma stands edzimba,but to my surprise all the the farms belongs to Chiyangwa and Omar and they are selling stands at $10 000.00 for a 300square mtrs-izvi ndozvakaita kuti vanhu vamere pose pose kunge hohwa.,nemiwo ku local board musangogara hapana asinakuona dzimba dzichivakwa-iyi zvino hopely ya disaster muchada ku actor kana vanhu vatanga kufa

  • Mugabe Wachovia

    When people built these houses ZANU was there and didn’t say a word, why? Because they wanted those people’s votes. Now Thayer vanhu vakavhota ZANU ikahwina zvekubiridzira, moona moto manje imi makavaka dzimba. Mayo madii? Politics dziriko iyezvino ndedzekupfidzisana. Dzichapwanywa dzimba mosara musina pekugara. ZANU is there to destroy and not build anything.

  • bimp

    Most of these so called illegal houses ane tsamba dzemagesti nemarates and have been there for four years, in Unit A the houses have plans and stage foms approved and stamped and today you start saying it was meant to be a clinic utter nonsense.

  • jena mukono

    Hama ngatiregei kuva nemweya wehutsinye hwakadaro. Kushuwira vamwe zvakaipa nekuda kwebudiriro. Mukukura kwataiita taingonzwa kuti vanhu varikuita macooperatives vachivaka dzimba anova ndiwo mavakirwo akaitwa most of our locations country wide. Is these people`s fault to join a housing coop? Is it these people`s fault to be allocated stands by a housing coop? If you check particularly with this mabanda guy, the deals look so straight to be doudted. I have a brother who was given a stand in unit o extension for example , you could not commence building until a surveyor showed you the site map, the plans are approved by the architect employed by this guy which are said to be also approved by the council once you finish paying and erecting your housing. Every stage is check and approved or declined and you start afresh. You cannot proceed from stage 1 to 2 without certification from this architect. Imagine having to hire a taxi to and from unit o extension to town centre to get the architect to come and certify each and every stage at a fee ofcourse. Have you ever seen how well organised these buildings are? Or some of us do not even know where these buildings are, we are just good at commenting on the net. Am not against the demolition move but some lenience should be shown and appreciate the effort we are doing to have a roof over our heads. Get the council inspectors to inspect these homes and those that are condoned should be the ones to be demolished and allocated fresh land. When these 23000 houses were sprouting where was Chombo and his team? Where these homes built over night to raise such attention? Some of these houses esp in Manyame were built years back why now?why? why? Why? Why?

  • Mimi

    @tonderayichanakira:disqus just knowing your name says that you are a Seke Rural Area child. But what is your issue here, hauna musha here Tonderayi because Chombo’s issue is meant to protect the very vana vemaSeke. Unless you are trying to defend some other people. Isu vemaSeke we are staying right there, put. It is those that have been illegally resettled in our community that are supposed to move pronto….

  • Thumani

    If so many stands could be given and houses built on them without following the due process then someone was not doing his/her job and that person should answer for his incompetence first.

  • pasi na mabamba

    I know zvinorwadza kupazirwa imba yaunenge wavaka but people lets face it. Kana munhu uchitenga stand kuna mabamba paland yaanoti akatora ku council because council owes him money, wovaka ipapo what do you expect kana akazopihwa mari yake? For some of us takakurira mu chitungwiza zvinorwadza kuona kuti hakusisina kana bani or ground rebhora. Some stands for example dzimba dzakavakwa pa ground rebhora mu K, hadzina coordination. Kana kuti dziitwe regulate how can you put a sewage system or road network idzo dzakati imwe yakatarisa uko imwe uko.