THE Local Government ministry has ordered residents of Harare South to immediately stop all unauthorised constructions.
In a statement released recently, the ministry said the decision to stop constructions in Harare South and other peri-uburn areas such as Harare North, Caledonia and Dzivarasekwa was made following rapid development projects on unauthorised land.
“This decision has been precipitated by the mushrooming of developments on unplanned areas that include wetlands, institutional stands, commercial sites, roads and open spaces,” said the Local Government ministry in a statement.
The ministry also advised people to report to the Zimbabwe Republic Police and the City of Harare’s Department of Housing and Community Service if they saw the continuation of any such illegal constructions.
Harare residents were also advised to first seek authority from Harare City Council and the Local Government ministry before undertaking construction works.
“The public is urged to first of all verify with City of Harare or the Local Government ministry before entering into any land-related transactions,” the statement added.
The ministry said the prohibition order was temporary as it intended to facilitate water and sanitisation works due to commence soon as directed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa at his clean-up campaigns.