It has been revealed that the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) is responsible for the recent demolitions of houses that were built adjacent the National Heroes Acre in Belvedere West.
The houses were demolished on Tuesday with rumours rife that it was the responsibility of Harare City Council.
Harare Council Denied Responsibility
The local authorities, though admitting to possessing court orders for demolitions, however denied responsibility for the actions.
“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.
“For the record, Council has this week not removed any illegal structures in Belvedere West
Soldiers Responsible for Demolitions
Zimbabwe Defence Forces spokesperson Colonel Makotore has since confirmed that the structures in question were demolished by the ZNA.
Makotore was quoted in the press stating that the structures were illegal having been built on an army zone.
“These houses were built in cantonment, when an outsider invades your territory you do not wait for external help,” he said.
Many settlements have been coming up across Harare with some of them illegal creations of land barons.
Authorities have however found the going tough stopping the practice as some of the land barons have the support of Council officials.
Recently some Council officials were arrested on charges of corruption involving illegal land sales.