The Harare City Council has issued a warning of imminent demolitions to residents occupying illegal land in Harare.
The authorities say they have court orders empowering them to evict all illegal settlers.
“Dear residents occupying land illegally, Council has a number of court orders to remove illegal structures.
“We would like to advise all people who were served with eviction orders to voluntarily move off the illegally occupied pieces of land”, Council said.
It however dismissed allegations that it has already started the operation.
“For the record, Council has this week not removed any illegal structures in Belvedere West.
“Any such activities could have been the responsibility of land owners whose properties had been illegally encroached into”, it added.
The defensive statement follows pictures that emerged this week showing houses being demolished in Belvedere West, adjacent National Sports stadium.