By Takunda Mandura
Residents from Ward 16 have resolved that they are going to use whatever means necessary to stop the Sherwood Golf Club settlers who have acquired provisional offer letters to build houses.
The letters were given to them by Harare City Council Housing Director, Addmore Nhekairo.
One resident’s declaration they “are going to take the legal route and all means nessecary, if they come back we are going to physically remove them as what other resident did to them,” typifies the vigilance of the residents on the issue.
Ward 16 Councillor Denford Ngadziore declared himself a servant of the people and has resolved to stand with the residents in protecting the golf course.
“I have no objection as long as there is contribution and input from the residents.
“I am shocked that people were given pre-allocation of the land but I am not surprised because there is serious political interference in this ward,” said Clr Ngadziore.
Cllr Ngadziore declared the decision on the allocation of stands as null and void.
“Whatever was done should be reversed and it is now void, what should be done is that we can come up with a small committee of 3 or 4 people that would do a thorough follow-up on the issues,” he added.
City Chief Planner Mr Samuel Nyabeze rubbished the concept of garden cities as he said it had outlived its lifespan.
“We have been trying to come up with a masterplan for Marlberiegn for the past 10 years because it is state land. The person who designed Marlberiegn had his concept of garden cities in mind which has outlived its purpose due to densification. There is nowhere in the EMA act which says that they should not develop on wetland there is no provision which is written like that,” he said.
Currently, 10 residential stands have been allocated to the new residents.