Land Baron Cuthbert Mpame has lost his battle to charge Kingsdale residents a staggering US$27.50 per square metre after his firm relented to the Constitutional Court imposed US$5.
Kingsdale Battle Has Taken Years
Maparahwe Properties has been waging a battle with the Norton residents for some time as they differed on the appropriate charge.
However resolutions from a pretrial meeting this week revealed that the developer had consented to the lower charge.
Commenting on the resolution Norton MP Temba Mliswa praised the residents for staying resolute.
“The resolution from the Courts, accepting $5 per square metre for stands in Kingsdale in Norton is a great result”.
The Kingsdale saga has dragged on for years leading to the formation of different resident associations.
One of them, Kingsdale Housing Cooperative, argued that they should get the land for free whilst another formation, created by Mliswa pushed for a charge of US$5.
“Kingsdale Housing Cooperative were of the view that they should get the land for free. I differed, that is partly why we formed Gaza Strip Residents Association.
“I advised them of the ConCourt ruling and its $5 per square metre ruling. Thus this outcome is an indictment on the futility of those who seek to play politics in instances where the law is very clear”, said Mliswa.
Mpame, the Zvishavane-Runde legislator, is accused by some residents of corruptly taking over their land in Kingsdale.
Kingsdale has over the years become the main political battleground for politicians in Norton due to its legacy issues and huge population.
Previously the Constitutional Court ruled that the government had illegally acquired the farm, a decision which left over 1 500 families homeless.