Residents from Glen Norah in Harare, whose houses face demolition, have called on the Harare City Council to give them alternative land to settle, claiming tat the 48 hour notice they were given is too short.
The impending demolitions follow the 48 hour notice served to the 324 illegal settlers in Glen Norah in line with section 18(2) of the urban councils by-laws.
The affected area lies adjacent to Shiriyedenga and Chembira primary schools, and demarcated by Zvimba, Mushayabandi, Mutimurefu and Sebakwe streets.
Council says the land is a public open space for recreational purposes, while the rest is a wetland.
The residents, who were visibly shaken by the directive, called for a reprieve with most saying they have nowhere else to go in the event of their structures being razed down.
In a telephone interview, the Harare City Council Spokesperson, Mr Leslie Gwindi said the move is part of council’s strategic plan to restore sanity to the capital as people were now illegally selling, leasing and occupying council land.
On the short notice, Mr Gwindi said council has given the people enough time to remove their structures voluntarily before it moves in.
On Friday, some people who had illegally settled in parts of Epworth and Chitungwiza had their structures demolished while this Monday afternoon, structures in the Nyatsime area were also razed down.