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National Housing Minister: Houses built on wetlands and riverbanks will have to go

National Housing Minister: Houses built on wetlands and riverbanks will have to go

Under the new concept of where we want to relocate people, they will be predominantly high rise buildings. We are following the policy on densification and these people will be relocated to those areas not for free.

Housing and social amenities minister Daniel Garwe has said houses built on riverbanks and on wetlands across the country will have to be demolished and local authorities and land developers who are in charge of parcelling out land to those residents are expected to compensate them, The Herald reports. Garwe said this after touring houses and other structures built on wetlands and riverbanks in Gweru:

They will pay but where they have built houses, if the local authority is responsible for the allocation of land on riverbanks and wetlands, it takes full responsibility for compensating those people.

If it’s a private developer-cum land baron, that land baron should compensate the people. The government has no apologies to make on that. Midlands Provincial and Devolution Minister Larry Mavima said they were already identifying structures built on wetlands and on river banks in his province:

As a province, we are up to the task. We started by identifying these illegal structures but we are not a cruel Government. As a government, we will make sure that we will leave no stone unturned and those responsible for duping people will restitute the affected but at the same time, we will not just demolish structures without identifying new places to relocate the affected.

Vice President Constantino Chiwenga a few weeks ago said land barons parcelling out illegal land to unsuspecting home seekers were going to be made to compensate the home seekers.

Source | Pindula News

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