Esther Madambi. H-Metro Reporter
Harare City Council has said there won’t be any demolition of houses in its area of influence.
The Harare City Council spokesperson Michael Chideme yesterday said council would ensure that houses are registered and put in the council database.
“We are not going to demolish houses and we currently have no plans to demolish houses.
“What we want to do is to regulate unregulated houses.
“We want to see who owns what and where so that we can make the houses official in our systems.
“As the city fathers we are also hoping that this regulation process will help us to see where there is double allocation of stands.
“The same process will also help us to see where there is unused land so that we plan knowingly,” he said.
Council position comes after the Combined Harare Residents Association had raised deep concerns saying that the Harare City Council was using an invalid 1979 by-law to demolish houses
“The 1979 by-law upon which council is relying on when implementing demolitions is unconstitutional.
“This by-law is unconstitutional and archaic as it gives residents a 48-hour ultimatum to vacate or face demolitions without offering them alternative accommodation,” said Lorraine Mupasiri-Sani the director of CHRA.