Illegal structures that were demolished recently in some parts of Harare have resurfaced, while new such settlements have emerged in several areas in Harare and Chitungwiza in defiance of a government directive.
A visit by NewsDay to several places yesterday showed that structures that had been demolished earlier this month were being re-erected in Kuwadzana Extension, while several illegal structures in Mabvuku that had been slated for demolition, remained in place.
Harare City Council town clerk Tendai Mahachi said council had set up a team that was going around the city checking on illegal structures and making police reports.
“Where we have seen such acts, we have reported to the police and they have acted accordingly. As for the latest developments you are referring to, our team is doing rounds and will report to the police for action to be taken,” Mahachi said.
Police national spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba could not comment on the matter as she was said to be out of office.
However, some of the people putting up structures in Kuwadzana said they were doing so legally and were ready to face anyone who challenged them as they had proof that they were following the law.
Just recently, the Zanu PF leadership in Harare said they had not sanctioned the putting-up of illegal structures as alleged by beneficiaries of the settlements.
They said they would ensure that the law took its course and the illegal settlers removed.
Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo and Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province Miriam Chikukwa said they would make sure such structures were destroyed and those continuing doing that arrested.
“We must not build where we are not supposed to build,” Chikukwa said. “Maybe minister Chombo was joking, but I mean it. I will make sure people are arrested. Even if you are my relative, you will be arrested and I will come to see you in prison.”