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Glen Norah Residents Resist Harare Council Demolitions

The new cycle of demolitions brings back memories of Operation Murambatsvina

Residents of a section of Glen Norah in Harare armed with axes and other objects on Wednesday blocked workers of the Harare City Council from demolishing their houses, which were built illegally.

This follows the expiration of a 48-hour notice served to more than 300 residents accused of building illegal structures on a wetland.

Bramson Bhejani who witnessed the incident, says the settlers barricaded the roads leading into the settlement.

Last Friday, the Epworth Council Board and Chitungwiza Town Council demolished houses they said were illegally built. On Monday, the Chitungwiza council demolished more structures in Nyatsime.

Meanwhile, the Yemurai Housing Cooperative, has welcomed Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo’s statement that his ministry will monitor the operations of housing cooperatives, some of which have been accused of cheating clients of their hard-earned cash.

Chombo told The Herald newspaper that cooperatives will be required to conduct their business through banks to curb abuse of funds by some cooperative leaders.

Yemurai Cooperative technical assistant Bonfance Manyonganise said though they have been conducting their business in the normal manner of collecting subscriptions from their members and banking the money, the idea of members depositing directly into the bank is ideal.

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