Eyestone Park residents up in arms with Harare City Council

By ZBC Reporter
EYESTONE Park residents in Harare South are up in arms with the Harare City Council which they accuse of malicious damage to property and selling their stands without authority from the Registrar of Cooperatives.
The residents, some of whom are living in squalid conditions after their houses were demolished are accusing the local authority of continuing to carry out the demolitions without a court order in a development they described as a violation of their rights to shelter.
To make matters worse, the local authority is said to be engaged in double allocation of stands in the area, demanding payments of up to $33 000 dollars from cooperative members who had been paying subscription fees.
“We have been living in this area since 2002 and we have formed cooperatives,” said some of the residents.
Chairperson of Falcon Heights Housing Cooperative, Claudius Bheura told ZBC News that they approached the High Court to compel the Harare City Council to cease the allocation of stands and won the case.
“We approached the High Court with the matter which we won,” said Bheura.
In response, Harare City Council spokesperson, Michael Chideme dismissed the allegations, saying the land belongs to the local authority, which is in the process of regularising the area.
“The land actually belongs to the local authority,” said Chideme.
Eyestone Park is yet to be serviced, with roads impassible and sewer systems not installed.