Kingsdale residents in Norton have taken land developer Maparahwe Properties, owned by ZANU PF legislator Cuthbert Mpame, to the Constitutional in their on-going land battle.
The residents, who are arguing that their stands are built on state land, are being represented by Professor Lovemore Madhuku.
The case was filed on 6 April and seeks to overturn an earlier judgement in which Zvishavane-Runde legislator was recognised as the owner of the land.
The residents were then ordered to compensate Maparahwe to the tune of US$7 million.
The amount translated to US$5 per square metre.
However some of the residents are fighting that position arguing that it’s an erroneous verdict as Maparahwe Properties does not own the land which they argue is state land.
According to the Councilor for the area, Councilor Tachiona, the Justice Uchena Land Commission also recognised that the Kingsdale was state land and questioned Maparahwe’s purported ownership.
“If we reflect on the events that have transpired one can see that this case is about to reach its conclusive finale.
“This is the third time that we have been to the Constitutional Court.
“We went to the (Uchena Land) Commission and it asked him where he got the land and said it was state land.
“Maparahwe should be careful as he will have to reimburse people of their monies which he has taken”, said Tachiona.
Late last year Maparahwe Properties warned residents that they would begin carrying out eviction orders at the beginning of April against all those refusing to pay to the developer.
The evictions have not been done as yet.