Housing minister speaks on Chigumba evictions

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LOCAL Government and National Housing deputy minister Joel Biggie Matiza yesterday said housing disputes should be resolved amicably without resorting to evictions.

Staff Reporter

He was responding to reports that scores of people were being kicked out of their houses in Chitungwiza by House of Assembly member for Chitungwiza South Christopher Chigumba over payment disputes.

Chigumba, who claims to own Zano Remba Co-operative that built the houses from members’ contributions, is allegedly demanding $5 000 cash from beneficiaries in addition to what they contributed over the years

Contacted for comment on what government was doing following the eviction of nine families, Matiza said: “That is a case which is now in the courts between the two parties hence we cannot comment. We have to wait for the outcome of the court proceedings, but all we want is for people to solve their issues amicably and not having to throw each other out.”

Nine families have so far been evicted and have for the past two weeks been sleeping in the open.

More than 300 other families have also been threatened with eviction.

The families accuse Chigumba of abusing his powers as patron of Zano Remba Housing Co-operative and taking the co-operative from them for his personal aggrandisement, a charge which he denies.

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  1. How can an individual own a co-operative? Ichi ndicho chinonzi chiZanu chaicho. Zanuism makes people pretend to be semiliterate so that they can loot.

    • @Reza- Many thanks for this question..what is this? My beef is with the deputy Minister..courts take their sweet time to resolve issues what happens to the evicted families in the meantime? It is raining and children are being exposed to the elements..is this humane Minister? Why dont you let the court decide first before these dastardly evictions? Why are you causing this disaffection for government this early in the game?

  2. What does co-operative mean?Humbavha huripachena ,how can one person claim ownership of a co-operative?Nyaraiwo vanhu ve Zanu pf kuita huori hunonyadzisa kudaro.!

  3. when people joins co-operations it means they cant raise large sums of money like 5 000 at once.now this old Chigumba,knowing that,is tryig to steal from these people.He invested a lot with these people’s zim dollars which he is now saying magwavha.ne madhara dzava mbavhawo. Infect its not new in ZANU. Kudai aive we MDC ,Chigumba, Chombo akapindira munyaya iyi

    • Most of these stands were paid for during the ZimDollar error and most of these property developers were caught unaware when the funds which the prospective house owners had paid was eaten away by inflation. I know a property developer of Gletwin is asking for US$10,000.00 from full paid up stand owners to make up for the effects of the inflation.

      So I do know no if you can call that humbava. Lets face facts.

  4. uyu ndiye here chigumba wekufenda adyiwa sometime back, kana ari iye haaa ndakapedza naye ,imbavha yemakoko anochinja mapepa imi muru murima mozongonzwa ava mastatements.

  5. NDIzvo zvizere munyika yose. each znpf person is trying to loot as much as possible before this old man dies because ndiye asichagoni kkuudza vamwe vake.corruption at its highest

  6. iwe Chigumba cooperative means mubatanidzwaa, so kana Zano Remba iri yako, bvisa cooperative wonyora kuti scheme….ndokuti igoita yakoo…iwe matiza tsvagira vanhu matents mvura irikuuya vanomama nekuniwaaa

  7. Only two families were evicted by the owners of the houses they had unlawfully occupied through the messenger of court not scores as being reported.If they have papers why did they not respond to the court order before eviction.

  8. @Tawa.Handisi mwana waChigumba.If you have $200 u can be allocated a house by a soldier Musetwa and Councillor Masango who now claim ownership by stealing from desperate homeseekers.These people must go to court with their receipts and stop being crying babies.You can’t get a stand and a complete house in town for free uchitemba zanu.

  9. Mwari vachatonga havo koz misodzi yevanhu haina kunaka muchaona henyu mashura kumberi shuwa vanhu vorara panze nevana vacheche imimi muri kumaDale Dale makarara pamutorododo werugarezve,……….. Dai Mwari vapindira nekukasika vanhu vaone. Amen

  10. Kupenga zvenyu nokuti hamuzive chokwadi. Vanhu varikuburitswa nevaridzi vedzimba kwete naChigumba. Vakapinda mudzimba dzevanhu saka moda kuti muridzi wemba agare panze. Nyarai mhani

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