Approximately 300 families have been evicted off land they were
squatting on in Harare North. The site popularly known as “Masawe” is
about 500 m from the toll gate on the Enterprise road and about 500 m
east of the main road. Families have been there for up to 25 years in
some cases. The land belongs to FBC (banking, insurance and building
society). This is undisputed.
In 2012, names of residents were requested on the pretext of issuing stands to the squatters. 220 registered through the local ZANU PF structures. Subsequently these names appeared as the defendants in case before the Courts in 2015. The affected residents did not appear at the hearing and were not represented in any way as they are largely poor and live below the poverty line.
The people were removed off the property by vehicles, (under threat if they did not move, police and bulldozers would be used!) all along encouraged by the local Member of Parliament Hon. T Mudambo (Zanu PF) even though they were originally responsible for “allocating stands illegally to the people in the area.