The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BULAWAYO, Tues­day, Au­gust 9, 1966 — An­gry pise house ten­ants in Gwelo have ap­pealed to the Prime Min­is­ter to save them from the threat of mu­nic­i­pal evic­tion next year. And, pledg­ing their party loy­alty, they have warned of a pos­si­ble ex­o­dus from the coun­try if they are up­rooted.

Their pleas fol­low mu­nic­i­pal de­mands to the 123 pise fam­i­lies that un­less the houses con­form to lo­cal by-laws by Oc­to­ber 1967, they will have to be de­mol­ished and the ten­ants evicted.

Mr Ge­orge Kirby, chair­man of the Pise Ten­ants’ As­so­ci­a­tion, has writ­ten to Mr Smith ask­ing him to in­ter­vene and grant a 10-year ex­ten­sion to the dead­line for im­prove­ments.

“In Gwelo we have a coun­cil which can­not see fur­ther than Bog­gie’s Clock. They want to raze houses which are both healthy and safe.

“To en­force an agree­ment which is not go­ing to help our coun­try in these days of tri­als and tribu­la­tions seems ridicu­lous.

“The sooner Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment is run on party po­lit­i­cal lines, the bet­ter,’’ he writes.

His stand is backed by Mr Sam Griffin, who at­tended the Selukwe RF di­vi­sional congress last month and wrote to the Prime Min­is­ter: “Most Gwelo pises are owned by work­ing class peo­ple, sup­port­ers of your party, who would have nowhere else to go, be­sides which, they would also not be able to af­ford a new house, or raise a loan.’’

The pises were built in 1946 when the Na­tional Hous­ing Board was set up to meet the acute post-war hous­ing short­age.

Le­gal opin­ion given to the as­so­ci­a­tion is that the Build­ing Act of 1946 specif­i­cally con­doned any con­tra­ven­tion of ex­ist­ing mu­nic­i­pal by-laws.

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