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Court Halts Chitungwiza House Demolitions

A large number of houses were destroyed under Operation Murambatsvina in 2005. (File Photo)
A Chitungwiza magistrates court today barred the Chitungwiza Town Council from demolishing illegal housing and other structures in the satellite town.

Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo had given residents three weeks to demolish their own illegal structures but the Chitungwiza Residents Trust took the matter to court.

The court said the council can only proceed with the demolitions after following procedures laid down in the country’s laws.

Chitungwiza Residents Trust secretary Tendai Mazuru told VOA Studio 7 residents are elated by the ruling.

Concerned by what it says is the Zanu-PF government’s failure to resuscitate industries, eight months after winning elections, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formation of former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is proposing national dialogue to map the way forward.

Initially Mr. Tsvangirai had called for inter-party talks, a move quickly dismissed by Zanu-PF, but speaking at a press conference earlier today, the party’s shadow industry minister, Tapiwa Mashakada said the liquidity crisis and company crisis facing the country is being worsened by hostile domestic and foreign policies that discourage investors.

Mashakada said the national dialogue should then lead to the formation of sector-specific clusters to revive commerce and industry.

More details to follow ….