Chitungwiza to demolish tuck shops

by | Dec 30, 2021 | Local News | 0 comments


Online Reporter

Chitungwiza Town Council is planning to demolish illegal structures which have sprouted around the Chitungwiza Town Centre in Unit D.

In a demolition order, Chitungwiza Acting Town Clerk Evangelista Machona said all buildings built around the Town Centre without council approval will be demolished in 48 hours.

“Notice is hereby given that it has come to the attention of Council that at Town Centre Unit D shopping Centre illegal structure (buildings and durawalls) are in the process of being put up without Council approval,” said Machona.

She said Section 35 of the Regional, Town and Country Planning Act (Chapter 29:12) empowers them to demolish the structures and gave the owners of the illegal structures two days to.

“Demolish Amy structures erected and remove all the rubble from the land and Restore the land to its original state,” said Machona.

She added; “This order comes into operation within 48 hours and the demolitions and actions outlined herein should be completed by the 2nd of January 2022. All those buildings and durawalls without adequate Council papers and inspections will risk their structures being demolished.

You are further advised that, failure to comply with this order within the prescribed period will render Council to proceed and the effects of demolitions at the expense of the owner.”

Chitungwiza Town Council, which is dominated by MDC-Alliance councilors has been criticised for focusing mostly on demolitions instead of service provision.

Residents Associations are arguing that enforcement of by-laws should also be matched with fulfilling their core mandate which is service delivery.