Harare City Council (HCC) has been ordered to cease parcelling and converting recreational parks in Southerton into residential stands.
The High Court on Friday barred HCC from converting stand 8698 Bexley circle and Gilwell square located in Southerton Harare into residential stands caccusing the local authority of breaching provisions of the Regional Town and Country Planning Act (Chapter 29:12).
HCC Clashes with Southerton Residents
Prior to the court ruling HCC had clashed with Southerton residents over its decision to turn a once thriving recreational park into residential stands.
Despite Southerton residents objections HCC went on to convert Gilwell Square as 29 low- density residential stand.
President for Zimbabwe Combined Residents and Rate Payers Association (ZICORRA) Stephen Nyabvure said the High Court ruling was a landmark ruling that exposed HCC corrupt land allocations.
“We welcome the landmark ruling to stop HCC from converting recreational space into residential stands.
“The High Court ruling should inspire thorough investigations on other shady land allocations being perpetrated by the local authority.
“As ZICORRA, we were now worried about council’s suspicious land allocations, and failure to maintain and renovate recreational space when they are the custodians of land,” he said.