By Peter Chivhima
A land dispute over re-configuration of residential stands in Whitecliff area of Harare has spilled into the High Court after residents objected to the move.
Residents are challenging the decision by the land developer Joice Nyachowe of Vevhu Resources Pvt Limited to re-peg and reconfigure residential stands already paid for and occupied.
According to the court papers, the land baron through her company is allegedly forcing residents to accept new contracts of sale or risk losing their stands if her demands are not met.
Under the new demands residents are being forced to pay US$30 and sign the new contracts without fail.
In an interview with ZBC News after leaving the court room, Greater Spitzkop Residents Association Chairperson Tafadzwa Kambarami explained the bone of contention, with residents showing this news crew their proof of payments.
“The urgency of the matter at hand illustrated in the fact that no prior consultation was entered into between the applicant and the respondents. There is a danger of applicant’s members’ stands being made non-existent due to the introduction of the commercial, institutional, open space and recreation stands,” he said.
Efforts to get comment from Vevhu Recourses Pvt Limited representative Anthony Dube were futile as his mobile number went unanswered.
However, High Court Judge Justice Neville Wamambo reserved the judgment.
The Second Republic has declared war on lands barons who continue to fleece unsuspecting home seekers of their hard-earned cash, with President Mnangagwa calling on the relevant arms of the state to play a key role in bringing such culprits to book.