Chombo remarks nonsensical, say Chitungwiza residents

via Chombo remarks nonsensical, say residents – DailyNews Live by Albert Masaka  13 APRIL 2014

Residents have vowed to ignore government’s three-week ultimatum to demolish their houses built on undesignated sites dismissing the minister’s warning as nonsensical.

Irate residents have vowed not to relocate until the police arrest land barons who sold them the houses.

This also comes in the wake of a public attack on Local  government minister Ignatius Chombo on the State’s failure to provide housing for the youth by Zanu PF youth leader Innocent Hamandishe at a meeting held in the town last week.

The fire-brand  central committee member, also fingered in a government audit report on the land allocation scam in Chitungwiza — although admitting that what the youths did was illegal — blamed government for fits failure to provide them with housing.

The Chitungwiza Residents Trust (Chitrest), which has since taken the demolition issue to court, said Chombo should act responsibly and give room for the courts to professionally deal with the issue “in a fair and transparent manner without any duress and prejudice”.

“We pray that Dr Chombo realises the inconvenience that his threats might have caused to the residents of Chitungwiza and Manyame rural. We also implore on him to issue a public apology or otherwise withdraw his statement forthwith,” Chitrest said in a statement.

The residents’ rights group said no amount of threats, be it political or otherwise, will derail its efforts to lawfully defend the lifetime investments of the residents of Chitungwiza and Manyame rural.

Chitrest said Section 74 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe gives any person freedom from arbitrary eviction which reads; “No person may be evicted from their home, or have their home demolished, without an order of court made after considering all the relevant circumstances.”

The civic group said the constitutional provision “does not in any way whatsoever suggest that a political directive will deprive anyone of his or her freedom from arbitrary eviction. It is against this background and the Trust’s respect for the rule of law, that we dismiss the minister’s remarks as nonsensical. His duty as a government official is to uphold the provision of the supreme law of the country.”

Also, Chitungwiza Residents Association leader Arthur Taderera said they were skeptical of the motive behind Chombo’s ultimatum.

“While we agree that the settlements are illegal and should be demolished, the government is not sincere when it says residents should first demolish their houses before being allocated new stands.

“How can one first demolish their house when they see the criminals who scammed them freely roaming around the town.

“These people who sold State land should be arrested first for us to see that this is not just a smokescreen,” Taderera  said.



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    munzwa 8 years ago

    Yes who sold the land in the first place?

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    Mixed Race 8 years ago

    Its good to realise that the docile public from both political parties are united to fight these land looters and their government supporters.This is an improvement in our civil rights activity.The houses are built on illegal lands but those who sold these stands should be arrested for illegally selling state lands for political agenda.

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    Roving Ambassador 8 years ago

    Chitungwiza is a seriously hot potato and can bring down Chombo .from what I pick up, even the St Mary’s Church property was parcelled off by Kunongwa with the connivance of the council allegedly. So you can see Zanu’s hand in this.
    I believe Makandiwa ,fraudulently acquired property designated for something else and a church is being put up ,allegedly

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      Roving Ambassador 8 years ago

      No wonder Makqandiwa is cosing up to ZANU. Feel safe with the band of robbers.

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    masvukupete 8 years ago

    “While we agree that the settlements are illegal and should be demolished, the government is not sincere when it says residents should first demolish their houses before being allocated new stands.”

    Typical Zanu management style, destroy then try and build.

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    chombo and dokora worst idiots in mugabe s cabinet

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    Confused ministry ever in the histroy of Zim,how can 4 000 houses be built illigally while the minister is there,
    he was sleeping for more then 10 yrs when land was being parceled out

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    The only way forward is for the government to compliment efforts done by these barons in providing accommodation to the ever growing population in chitungwiza by providing sewer pipes,water roads etc not to demolish