Harare City Council will demolish more than 300 illegal structures in Glen Norah after serving settlers with 48-hour eviction notices.
The structures were built on wetland and recreational facilities.In a statement, the city’s corporate communications manager Mr Leslie Gwindi urged the illegal settlers to voluntarily leave or face evictions.
“Harare City Council on Thursday served 324 settlers in Glen Norah with 48-hour eviction notices in terms of Section 18(2) of the Urban Councils (Model) (Use and Occupation of Land and Buildings By-Laws Statutory Instrument 109/1979).
“The area adjacent Shiriyedenga and Chembira Primary Schools bounded by the following roads, Zvimba Street, Mushayabandi Street, Mutimurefu Road and Sebakwe Road is council land occupied by illegal settlers,” Mr Gwindi said.
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Government last week gave council the green-light to destroy the illegal structures. Last Friday Chitungwiza demolished illegal structures after residents defied a directive to stop building houses in undesignated places.
Council had stopped residents from developing their properties until the Urban Development Corporation finishes working on a layout plan for Chitungwiza at the end of the month.
Some of the owners defied the directive and continued to develop the properties, prompting council to demolish them. More than 14 000 residential stands in Chitungwiza and Manyame Rural District Council are illegal, according to a recent audit report.