Chitungwiza ignores urgent court application and demolishes traders’ property

The Chitungwiza Municipality proceeded to demolish informal traders’ property despite the fact that the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) had on Friday filed an urgent application on behalf of the Chitungwiza Residents Trust which was yet to be determined by the High Court.

This comes after Harare Provincial Development coordinator Tafadzwa Muguti ordered the ongoing demolition of hundreds of informal traders’ shacks and shelters built on road verges and the sides of the road in Harare Metropolitan province accusing them of failing to heed a three-day ultimatum.

In a statement, ZLHR expressed concern over demolitions when it had filed an urgent application.


“We are greatly concerned that Chitungwiza Municipality has proceeded to demolish informal traders’ property despite that an urgent application filed on Friday by ZLHR on behalf of Chitungwiza Residents Trust is yet to be determined before the High Court,” said the ZLHR.


Muguti last Friday ordered: “We hereby inform all occupants of road servitudes that they have until Sunday June 7, 2021, to vacate and remove all their property and vehicles, and destroy any infrastructure erected on road servitudes.”


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