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Chitungwiza Residents Challenge Council Demolition Application


The Chitungwiza Residents Trust says it has already taken steps to challenge a High Court application filed Wednesday by the Chitungwiza Town Council seeking permission to demolish illegally erected structures in the satellite town.

Residents Trust spokesman, Marvellous Khumalo, said local people have instructed their lawyers to contest the application seeking to demolish about 14,000 structures illegally built on council land.

Chitungwiza was stopped sometime this year from demolishing the structures by a magistrate court that ruled that it cannot go ahead without a court order.

Studio 7 tried to get a comment from Chitungwiza Town Clerk, George Makunde, who refused to answer questions before switching off his mobile phone.

But Khumalo accused the council of approaching the High Court without first seeking the input of stakeholders.

"We are not happy as residents that what they did does not involve the input of other stakeholders, residents and ratepayers included. Yet in this case they are actually using taxpayers' money to fight the same taxpayers and ratepayers," Khumalo said.

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