Conflicts have constantly arisen when Council demolishes houses or orders residents to remove their houses.
In some cases residents have raised queries and presented proof that they are ‘recognised’ by Council.
Below we list some of the situations that may result in your house being demolished
Building on Unserviced Stands
Last month Chitungwiza Council demolishedd houses near St Mary’s Police Station. The people had offer letters but their houses were demolished.
The reason is that the houses were being built before the area was serviced. Thus you should not build before the area has been serviced as that makes your house illegal.
Servicing includes the laying of a sewage system and roads.
2) Building with Unapproved Plan
You cannot build your house before you present your plan for approval.
Stand holders are required to present plans to the municipality which should then have these approved.
Building without an approved plan is illegal whilst it also creates the danger of building in the wrong way resulting in orders to demolish again.
3) Offer Letter Isn’t Enough
In urban areas it is not enough to have an offer letter for the land upon which houses have been built.
There is need for a subdivision permit which is given by the Council. This enables and allows the giving out of stands.
4) Building on State Land
Over 200 structures along High Glen and Kambuzuma roads, whose owners belonged to 32 housing cooperatives, were demolished in 2019.
The reason was that Council officials said the houses along the two roads were built on State land which was meant for a hospital and other amenities.
Therefore there is need for one to make sure the land they have been sold, especially by cooperatives, isn’t state land meant for something else.
5) Beware of Political Cooperatives
Many residents have realised they have been sold dummies when authorities come to demolish stands which they were sold by some party aligned cooperatives.
Most cooperatives with ZANU PF links have been known to “dump” people in areas where Councils do no allow.
An audit report by the Ministry of Local Government revealed that some of the stands were “created on spaces reserved for clinics, churches, schools, cemeteries, recreational activities and roads, while others were created under high voltage electricity pylons.
When things go haywire the leaders have seldom come down to iron the issues.
A case in point is Aspindale 48&49 where Zanu supporters are fighting their own battle for their stands but were initially settled there by some party leaders.
Politicians generally work with elections in mind.
Be careful about where you are settled for when elections pass demolitions may come.