The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Mon­day, Septem­ber 1, 1991 — The Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil has evicted hun­dreds of peo­ple from its Si­do­jiwe Flats in the city’s in­dus­trial sites.

Res­i­dents at the three blocks of flats said for about two weeks now, the city coun­cil has been evict­ing all the lodgers and chil­dren over the age of 18 years who were still liv­ing with their par­ents in the one-roomed flats.

The flats which have 52 rooms each, had more than 300 peo­ple in each block. When The Chron­i­cle vis­ited the flats yes­ter­day it found some peo­ple stranded with most of their be­long­ings out in the open.

Some peo­ple have as many as 11 lodgers in their sin­gle rooms which they also shared with their fam­i­lies. In some cases the land­lords did not oc­cupy the flats but, in­stead, were sub-let­ting them to lodgers from whom they col­lected $25 a month per lodger.

Ten­ants and their lodgers were up­set by the city coun­cil and blamed the care­taker of the flats, for throw­ing them out with­out giv­ing them no­tice.

Cde Jokoniya Sibanda, one of the ten­ants, said the axe had not yet fallen on him and other fam­i­lies in Flat Num­ber 1, but com­plained that it was un­fair that chil­dren should be ex­pected to move out of their par­ents’ houses, es­pe­cially when they were un­em­ployed.

Cde Patya Moyo, a mother of a one-year-old child who was one of sev­eral lodgers in a sin­gle room was found pack­ing her be­long­ings into a van. She said she was lucky to have found a room in Nketa 7.

Most of the ten­ants and lodgers felt that the city coun­cil should not have evicted peo­ple with­out of­fer­ing them al­ter­na­tive ac­com­mo­da­tion. One of the res­i­dents, Cde Pavazhe Chagonda, a mother of 10, said she did not know how she would sur­vive with­out lodgers. She had five lodgers in her one room.

The care­taker, Cde Austin Ndlovu, re­fused to com­ment and re­ferred all ques­tions to Di­rec­tor of Hous­ing and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices, Cde Isaiah Ma­gag­ula.

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