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Harare Officials Order Displaced Families to Vacate Settlement

Harare municipal authorities have ordered some seventy-eight families which settled along the Mukuvisi River in the Glen Norah district of Harare after being displaced in the government's 2005 slum clearance drive, or face forcible eviction.

City officials told the river dwellers on Tuesday that they had 48 hours to vacate their settlement. But representatives of the families, which settled there in June 2005 after their homes were demolished in Operation Murambatsvina, said they would not leave because they had nowhere else to go. They remained there late Thursday.

Reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA’s Studio 7 for Zimbabwe obtained further details from Combined Harare Residents Association spokesman Precious Shumba.

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