We have witnessed a proliferation of illegal settlements as we move towards the harmonised elections. City authorities will not be manipulated to regularise illegalities.
We advise people being coerced into buying land at undesignated residential plots to stop and apply for proper allocation with council. Buying such pieces of land is self-defeating and a waste of resources because council will not authenticate illegalities.
We have however noticed that each time we issued warnings and prohibition orders, some people took advantage of our humane approach and decided to entrench their illegal activities.
It would be unfair not to mention that some of the land invasions are ‘politically’ motivated with the leadership of the invasions falsely aligning their actions with political parties. We have done our research and established that no political party wants to tarnish their images by engaging in illegal activities when they can use the law to obtain residential land for the people.
By this notice we are calling on all people that invaded Crowborough, Churu and Eyestone Farms to move out on their own before we take action. Allowing people to stay on Crowborough Farm is a travesty of justice. The farm is used for wastewater treatment. This means any human settlement on that farm is a huge risk to the health of all Harare residents. We cannot allow a human settlement on a wastewater farm. There is a high risk of diseases such as cholera, typhoid, dysentery and other water borne diseases. Crowborough Farm is a BIG NO.
It has come to our attention that some people have sold land to gullible residents at Crowborough Farm. This is very criminal. We urge anyone who has been sold land at that farm to make a police report.
Anyone interested in securing municipal housing land should approach council. Paying for municipal land to third parties is actually sinking your investment in a deep well where you will not be able to retrieve it.
What is happening in the settlements that we recently regularised should be used as an example. The city is demanding its dues from the people despite them having paid huge sums of money to shadowy groups and individuals.
Our message is simple. Do not splash your money on illegal activities. When the land authority comes you will still be required to pay up. People on illegal sites in areas that were regularised such as on school, clinic, business and institutional sites should stop any further construction work because we are in the process of relocating them to suitable housing land. They should keep their building materials for future use.
Our thrust is to have a properly planned city.