Tsvangirai assesses Ruwa demolitions

Posted on Nov 19 2013 - 3:51pm by admin

Opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Tuesday visited residents of Ruwa, on the outskirts of Harare, who had their residential properties and tuckshops demolished in a ‘clean up’ campaign by the Zanu PF government. 

Tsvangirai assesses Ruwa demolitions

Tsvangirai assesses Ruwa demolitions

Tsvangirai assessed over 200 tuck shops that were destroyed in Runyararo, Zimre and Damofalls all of which are in Ruwa. The demolitions were also extended to Chitungwiza before the Harare phase was halted owing to growing public anger.

“It was callous and overzealous.  A lot of people are dependent on these shops not only for service but for income and it was very inhumane for Zanu PF to destroy the shops,” Tsvangirai said after the tour.

The MDC leader was invited by the MDC-led Ruwa Town Council chairperson, Phinieas Mushayavanhu to witness for himself the untold suffering that had befallen the residents of Ruwa after the Zanu PF demolitions.

Tsvangirai assesses Ruwa demolitions

Tsvangirai assesses Ruwa demolitions

“It is vindictive and there is no rationale for Zanu PF to demolish the people’s properties and worse it brought back the realities of 2005 Murambatsvina,” he said adding that the Zanu PF government must immediately stop the demolitions.

“It should be sensitive and must have a conscience in view of the suffering that the people are facing”.

He said despite Zanu PF’s insensitivity, he was happy that the Ruwa Town Council was working on easing the lives of Ruwa residents by constructing corner shops and ensuring that informal and formal traders co-exist.

Tsvangirai assesses Ruwa demolitions

Tsvangirai assesses Ruwa demolitions

The Ruwa Town Council chairperson said the decision to demolish the properties was mooted by Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo who ordered his ministry and the Epworth/Ruwa Board officials to demolish the properties, a move which affected the lives of hundreds of families.

Chombo’s directive he said was in clear violations of Section 74 of the new Constitution, which states that; “No person may be evicted from their home, or have their home demolished without order of court made after considering all the relevant circumstances”.

Last week Harare Town Clerk Tendai Mahachi announced a deal that would give residents two months to negotiate a deal with Council that would regularize illegal structures before demolitions begin.

Aftermath of the Ruwa demolitions

Aftermath of the Ruwa demolitions

“We are not demolishing the structures tomorrow (Tuesday last week) as some media reports have said. Rather, within the next weeks leading into next year residents can come to council to ascertain the way forward,” Mahachi said.

The Zanu PF MP for Mbare Tendai Savanhu sought to milk propaganda value from the U-turn by claiming Zanu PF could never order the demolition of people’s houses because their party is for development and welfare of the masses.

“You voted for Zanu-PF because you know it is the only party that has people’s welfare at heart, we are there to solve and not create problems,” Savanhu said.

“Zanu-PF ministers in Government should not be complacent in their offices because they are surrounded by many opposition party members who may have strategies to reverse people’s gains,” he said.

The MDC leader was invited by the MDC-led Ruwa Town Council chairperson, Phinieas Mushayavanhu to witness for himself the untold suffering that had befallen the residents of Ruwa after the Zanu PF demolitions

The MDC leader was invited by the MDC-led Ruwa Town Council chairperson, Phinieas Mushayavanhu to witness for himself the untold suffering that had befallen the residents of Ruwa after the Zanu PF demolitions

“Government will have to provide alternative accommodation for the people before it can effect any demolitions. After all, my ministry still has enough land to build alternative accommodation for the people. We will provide that land if the need arises. It is unconstitutional to destroy people’s houses,” he added.

But Savanhu, the new Deputy Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement conveniently forgot to mention that it was Zanu PF who ordered ‘Operation Murambatsvina’ in 2005. So-called ‘illegal’ houses and market stalls were destroyed.

According to United Nations estimates nearly a million people were displaced as the operation destroyed the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people in a country bedevilled by high unemployment.

Aftermath of the Ruwa demolitions

Aftermath of the Ruwa demolitions

In 2005, Mrs. Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka, the UN Special Envoy on Human Settlement Issues after the infamous Operation Murambatsvina said:

“Operation Restore Order, while purporting to target illegal dwellings and structures and to clamp down on alleged illicit activities, was carried out in an indiscriminate and unjustified manner, with indifference to human suffering, and, in repeated cases, with disregard to several provisions of national and international legal frameworks.

“Immediate measures need to be taken to bring those responsible to account, and for reparations to be made to those who have lost property and livelihoods….” read part of Tibaijuka’s report.

It appears no one in the Mugabe regime read it.

Aftermath of the Ruwa demolitions

Aftermath of the Ruwa demolitions

  • daniel

    Ndokutungamira ka ukuku ..vamwe vachikwenywa matumbu kusingapore

  • fshumba

    Akanga aripe dzimbadzichiputswa. Dai akamisa kuputswa kwacho kwete kungomirizika. Powerless Dude!

    • MUSINDO(MAKANYA)VIGORONY-HOVIO

      HAIKONA KUNGO PWAPWATA MATOTO…KO IWE URI USEFUL WAKAREGEREI KUMISA KUPUTSWA KWEDZIMBA DZACHO…….BASA KUSHORA VANO RWADZIWA UYE SYMPATHISE WITH THE SUFFERING….Y NOT KUSHORA VANOPUTSA VACHO……URI HORO HAIKONA..IDIOT

    • SipoMtambo

      A call was made for MDCT to stand tall long before these demolitions , we never heard a pip or tweet or engagements of sorts or runnings from their shadow housing minister saka nyaya hapana, nekuti MDCT HAINA jende.

    • Onslo Mukundi

      kusafunga kwako ihosha inenge chinhu chehure chinovava chero vari tezvara vari kkuda kunyenga

      • dhehwa72

        wakaenda kuchikoro kupi kunofundiswa kutuka zvinemutsindo kudaro ndimboendawo. Ndanakidzwa hangu, ” royco usavi ix yakasanganiswa ne lacto” kuzoita hwembavha inoba zvayatenga. Ndapa kutenda

        • gwati

          Figurative language baba

      • fshumba

        Ko mukadzi wake aripi. Saka kungono mira zvinobetsera chii. I don’t see anything Tsvangirai is doing becaue all he does is talking talking and trying to show to the public that he is doing somethng. If he was so concerened dai akatengesa mansion yake ovakira vanhu ava dzimba. saka unofunga kuti achafa akatonga zimbabwe here. MDC yangofanana ne Liberal party isingafi yakatonga asi kungotaura chete chete. ‘kuti uzvitonge tora ghidhi’ Hautongi nepenzura muzaya!

      • gwati

        LOOOOL

  • mina

    mudhara aonda akomana dont worry Save tatosvika

  • maimaka

    a-a but murambatsvina wematuckshop hauna zvawo kuipa becoz zim yacho yanga yanyanya tsvn panopfuwiwa huku dzichinhuwa zvekuti dhu panobvurwa mazondo vanhu ngava pihwe pakafarikana pekuitira mabuisness kwete mumba cholera.vamwe ndivo vanoita mashabhini nekubika sadza zvinobhowa.nyika haifanirwi kuti ada avaka mva kana uchida kuvaka enda kwasabhuku undopiwa.

  • pmanyati

    President of a ‘shadow gvt’ mubvuri will always follow the real owner. In this case MDC has been reduced Zanupf shadow and A shadow cannot do anything. I think this is a fair analysis.

  • pmanyati

    wakanzwa here zvakataurwa. Hanzi nyika ino inotongwa nemunhu anema war credentials. kusvika isu tese tapera vakavenechekuita nehondo yairwadza ndookutimuzotonga SAVE

  • Chiredzisister

    Fshumba uri mhata yemunhu. If your ZANU PF sells all what they stolen then everyone will get sonething. You misuse money sending vanaBona kuDzidza kuAsia whilst the rest are suffering. Buying all those Gushungo Diary, mishap yenherera just to mention a few. Iwe naMugabe wako neZanu yese muri imbwa dzevanhu. Especially you unoshandiswa kutaura zvisina bas pano uchipihwa peanuts. You are suffering big time but you are bloody brainwashed. Uri rupazho dhodhi rikava better. Nxaaaaaa.