Zanu PF parcels out Harare

Zanu PF — still basking in the glory of its resounding but heavily disputed election victory — has reportedly embarked on an ambitious membership drive which includes annexing and regularising several illegal peri-urban settlements dotted around Harare to extend its hegemony.

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Investigations by NewsDay indicate Zanu PF has already mapped out plans to dole out land to its members who have formed apparently pseudo-housing co-operatives in Mbare, Chitungwiza, Epworth, Budiriro, Kuwadzana and Kambuzuma, among many other areas.

Party officials said the grand scheme was also aimed at neutralising the MDC-T’s support bases ahead of the 2018 elections. Since 2010, Zanu PF youths have grabbed several council properties in the central business district and Mbare, including market stalls and Carter House, with impunity.

Zanu PF in its 2013 election manifesto promised to address urban housing shortages.

Part of the manifesto reads: “After the forthcoming elections, the Zanu PF government will embark on a vigorous housing programme to address the housing backlog of 1,25 million using financial resources from assets to be unlocked from the indigenisation of foreign-owned companies.”

Recently, President Robert Mugabe also said his government would consider self-contained human settlements at the periphery of major urban centres as a means to decongest cities.

Zanu PF provincial youth chairperson for Harare Jim Kunaka last week confirmed that the project was ready to roll, but denied that it would benefit Zanu PF members only.

“We will not let people die of hunger and we will make sure, as a people’s party, we will not look at which party an individual belongs to, but will work for the good of anyone,” Kunaka said.

But Zanu PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa yesterday said: “It’s false, absolutely false. If anything, we are stopping it. There are people doing it purporting to be Zanu PF. Zanu PF does not do anything silly and corrupt like that.”

MDC-T sources said the matter was also raised at the party’s recent caucus meeting where newly-elected councillors and mayor were tasked to work harder to block any attempts to regularise the illegal settlements.

“The reason why we want a person (mayor) who can be equal to the task is because Zanu PF is building its strength by giving out land on illegal space on the outskirts of Harare,” an MDC-T source, who attended the party’s caucus meeting to counter Zanu PF campaign strategies, said.

Some of the settlements are located at Hopley Farm along Chitungwiza Road next to a council farm, in Mabvuku known as KwaBob, along Masvingo Road near Granville Cemetery, and in Hatcliffe.

In Chitungwiza, a Zanu PF “gang” led by a newly-elected councillor is allegedly parcelling out unoccupied council land among its members.

“Zanu PF youths led by a councillor-elect (name given) are invading open spaces, parcelling out stands to each other without council approval, Chitungwiza is now finished,” a source said. “They are doing that in Unit A, Unit C, Unit K, Unit J, Unit L, Unit O, Zengeza and St Mary’s and are saying it’s part of Zanu PF ’s empowerment programme. It is chaotic and unplanned.”

Mabvuku former councillor Enias Gengezha said the illegal settlement near the high-density suburb has ballooned since the run-up to the July 31 polls, with the current population now estimated at more than 5 000 people, most of them suspected to be Zanu PF members.

The illegal projects have reportedly affected values of nearby properties like in Damofalls in Ruwa, where illegal stands pegged at KwaBob are selling for around $400, while genuine housing co-operatives are selling the same stands at around $8 000.

Chairman of Harare City Council’s housing and community development committee Charles Nyatsuro said: “Our only hope now lies in constantly pushing the (new Local Government) minister to be appointed to move in and act on this. The last time, there were resolutions to deal with the issues, so we have to see to it that they are implemented.”

MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora said his party would not be annihilated by the Zanu PF land grabs and illegal extension of the capital by Zanu PF activists.

“Zanu PF may try every trick in the book, but MDC will not disappear. In fact, we have regrouped and strategising and are ready to give Zanu PF a devastating blow come the next election, be it in six months or 2018,” he said.

Environmental Management Agency spokesperson Steady Kangata deplored the parcelling-out of land, saying it was illegal for residents to embark on a housing project without his organisation’s approval.

“They are not supposed to develop these areas without an Environmental Impact Assessment first, which should bring out issues like how solid and liquid waste would be managed and what open spaces would be left,” he said.

31 Comments

  1. we need to respect the laws of our country irrespective of political affiliation

    1. Let sanity prevail just for once,we demolished what we called illegal structures to clean the city but it seems we are creating disorder again. What is happening especially in Harare South can explain my point.

    2. Gukurahundi upbringing

      Its a lawless society. They are no laws, only Gukurahundi laws!

  2. the rule of law is intrinsically good for our society vakomana and never overlook that by failing to adhere to that adage, we can only serve foreign interests belief that black people are inherently poor. read the bible, it will scare the hell out of you !!

    1. May i ask wat has the bible got to do with black people’s self inflicted poverty and zanu pf moments of madness and thers nothing scary in it unless u gay and read about sodom and gomorrah

  3. What is MDC T leadership doing to create housing for people? What is their plan? No doubt MDC T members will also take advantage of these opportunities to own a piece of land and build homes for their families. Please Mwonzora, give us a plan or your proposal, we are tired of criticism without hearing what you intend to do, when, and how.

    1. africanmutungadzimwe

      That’s true.let us not in darkness say out the plans you hev for us

  4. nyika yedu iyi ine huchi nemukaka ibinyi rizere upfumi zvino mukayitematema namatimuro enyu apamafudzi inosara yava urubvu rubvu migwagwa yematapi !!

  5. MDC should stop labelling as Zanu PF supporters as if its a crime, vanhu vanoda pekugara and whichever party addresses this plight will get the votes. MDC failed to address the housing backlog now they are politicising the issue and strategising on how to block the projects shame on you

  6. I suppose MDC T succeeds in blocking the housing projects and deny thousands access to homes, who is the winner and who is the loser?

  7. tendai chaminuka

    Gwara ngaritevedzerwe.Kutonga haisi anarchy

  8. @psychoanalyst, pliz can u give us the biblical scripture that you were refering to in your earlier comment.

  9. Lets just not politicize issues here,there are council bylaws why not follow them.tikangoondonga nyika yedu nekuda mavotes tisu tinongosekwa nedzimwe nyika.ngatiregei kuzadza nyika nemikuku just because of some populist ideas.ukasekerera benzi rinotiza nechitunha parufu..lets stop this nonsence..ngativakei nyika yakanaka inemitemo kwete kuita kunge tichatogarisa vanhu mumakuva nepamusana pekuda mavotes.

  10. Blocking people from getting land is madness .Just like settling people on unserviced land .But people need houses.That’s a fact .Zanu PF can facilitate that .Good .We all need a roof over our heads .Paying rentals is not easy when you are not formally employed .Look at Epworth .It’s been around for years .But thousands call it their home .We have a lot of poor brothers among us .I say give the people land and let the MDC shoot itself in the foot trying to de-campaign the exercise .,

  11. mdc-t has been in control of that territory for more than a decade and they failed to utilise that land to expand their support base. there is no need to cry fowl, you were in charge and still in charge, have you ever given people land/stands?

    that is why i call them activists, they are still very far from being politicians. right now they will make the loudest noise but zanu jongwe will press ahead with their plan. come 2018 that would be a rich fishing pond for zanu jongwe.

  12. Its the laws, stupid! And if the laws are a hinderance, trash them. Then its a revolution! The people remain the only relevant currency. Think about it!

  13. Ana Mwonzora ne MDC hamuna kukwana … chashata chii kuti vanhu vapiwhe mastands … iwe uri landlord kumayard uko … woda kuti vamwe vashaye nekuti iZanu yaronga … Hee rule of law … hee rule of law … inodyiwa here … Laws are put in place by people and they can easily be changed … mitemo inegumi here

    That is why muchidyiwa pama elections .. hamuna brain

    Vanhu pihwai mastands vanhu … haikona kuteerera mapedzi

  14. if it was the case of law we should not taken or reposessed our land, the same mdc- t are still cross about land distribution and they invited their masters to even support them in order to reverse the land reform programme saying it was chaotic but now farmers are still enjoying their farming freely. now come to giving of stands to people they are fighting against that. if it is the problem of servicing the area why cann’t they do it while these people are also constructing their house.
    the law must benefit people of z\imbabwe. if the law doesn’t permit people to have shelter then shame on you people.

    anyway pakaitika murambatsvina mdc-t were against that and they were saying it was inhuman but did they succed , and so people are given stands and they say NO.

    keep it up Zanu pf , land to the people and shelter to blacks. ndiani angada kupedza ten years ari pa waiting list 40years munhu ari pa waiting list while the land is lying idle. hatidi ku supporter zvisina basa, we must show maturity, chaitwa neumwe lets give ideas rather than destruction. kana vanhu vachipihwa ma stands in a chaotic manner let the gvt or council get them organised instead of destroying their house like what happened in murambatsvina. Rongai vanhu zvakanaka chete kwete kumisa vanhu kuti there are by laws, bylaws kuita sei kwacho.

  15. By criticising the allocation of stands to poor people by Zanu pf Mdc-t has proved that it wants to see people suffer.Thank God the party was heavily thumped in the previous elections.Hameno havo mapenzi vanofurirwa nanaMwonzora kuramba mastands emahara.Murikunzi rambai muchiroja ivo vachigara kumalow density.Mdc is going to lose again in 2018 coz it’s against poor people.Panyaya yemastands PAMBERI NEZANU PF PASI NEMDC-T.

  16. People are being made to drink water contaminated with human remains at stands 10m away from the graves at granville cemetry all in the name of providing accomodation for poor people. The fact is a water source is supposed to be at least 30m away from things like septic tanks and soakaways let alone garves and stands at granville cemetry are a mere 10m away and people have sunk boreholes for water. Planning requirements are meant to protect people from such situations but the poor folk at these locations actually praise zanu pf for reducing them to de facto cannibals.once upon a time a mere factory worker could build a house in glen view, budiriro , kuwadzana , dzivarasekwa etc.

  17. The issue here is about a suitable and orderly planned human settlement not party politics. The rule of law should operate, genuinely of course. Most people are going to loose their money by building funny dwellings as homes only to be demolished when the law is invoked. Please zpf stop creating squatter settlements everywhere they are an eyesore and cause serious problems such as diseases, criminality, prostitution, environmental degradation to say the least. Have you forgotten Murambatsvina?

  18. in purporting to fast track eradication of poverty in manner such, outcome is clear undeniable and known as corruption and land degradation, health and social challenges unwise as driving on the wrong side of the road !! read the bible, it will scare the hell out of you !!

  19. musangoshora musina mafacts. zvakatiruzisa izvozvo. we were bizy listening and looking at Mugabe’s rallys instead of telling the people wat we are capable of. munobhowa fani imi. tavakutomhanya nevanopa dzimba . musashore zvinoda vanhu munomamiswa nezanu

  20. We are in deep doo-doo people. When ZANU is done raping us we will resemble an anemic corpse left to rot on the sidewalk. Nothing good has come out of anything ZANU touches. Check the past 33yrs if you think I’m lying.

  21. vanhu vasina dzimba ndivo vakawanda saka zvipachena kuti ukavarongera pekugra havakukanganwe eg vanhu veglenview vakarongerwa namuzorewa nanhasi havadi zanu food for thought mdc

  22. Vanhu hatifaniri kuita sehohwa hunongomera pesepese tinofanira kuva neorder macomrades ndizvozvatakaendera kuhondo kwete kugariswa muzvitangwena tigopera nechakapedza mbudzi.Service the stands first sum1 summed it up kuti anyone ayisevenza muindustry culd afford to build a house isusu tisu takazoondonga nyika

  23. reENTER SIR Lancelot

    Chazvakangonakira ngechekuti President of the Republic will never fathom lowering his decorated standards to a level propagated by malcontents unlearned and up to no good !!

  24. welcome back SIR ! all of us missed your hilarious mirth so much !!

  25. Pamberi nekuwana dzimba. KKKkkkkkkk usatamba ZANU PF chioororo. MDC-T itaiwo tione. anhu anoda pokugara anodawo umba. Thanks ZANU PF count my vote next time. Zvimwe ndezvimwe ZANU PF inoziva zvido zveanhu. Zvido Zveanhu kunyanya. MDC-T stop complaining and make strategies muwanewo mavote. KKKKKKKKKKKK competition pakufadza vanhu is good for the nation. PAMBERI NEZANU PF

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