Local Government Minister July Moyo has promised that there won’t be random demolitions of illegal houses as matters will be dealt with case by case.
The reassurance follows information that the Harare City Council won 20 cases (see below) against some cooperatives in Harare which could result in more demolitions.
Moyo said government is aware that people have been fleeced by corrupt land barons and local government officials.
“Demolitions takes into account all these issues and we only demolish when it is absolutely necessary”.
“We are very aware that our people needed these houses and somebody fleeced them so we do not want to punish our people willy Billy.
“We have to do that which is correct”, he said.
Moyo however said they won’t be approvals for houses that have been built on places such as wetlands or open spaces reserved for specific buildings such as schools.
“In some of the areas people have built on wetlands…. that does not mean we can approve such a thing where we know you have built on wetlands or on open space where a school is supposed to be”, he added.
The problem of illegal houses has increased due to corruption resulting in the arrests of many Council management personnel and Councilors.