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Harare Seeking Land to Resettle Displaced Residents

FILE: A woman salvages some bricks from her home after it was demolished by a bulldozer, Harare, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

The Harare City Council is looking for farms near Zimbabwe’s capital for the resettlement of hundreds of people who have been displaced following the demolition of illegal housing structures.

Local councilor Peter Moyo of Southerton suburb told VOA Studio 7 the broke council will need to find strategic partners to develop the farms.

He said thousands of people are looking for decent houses in the city with a population of 2 million.

“We have spoken to the government through the Ministry of Local Government that they should give us some adjacent farms so that we can expand Harare but unfortunately it is taking too long. We were promised about 23 farms,” said Moyo.

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At the same time, some residents of Willsgrove Farm in the outskirts of Bulawayo, who are said to have illegally settled on the farm owned by a brick moulding company, are now stranded following the demolition of their houses.

Pastor Albert Chitinda of Christian Faith Fellowship Church said the displaced people included hundreds of children and women.

“People here are suffering. They have no source of livelihood. We are giving them the little that we can source from well-wishers.”

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