Over 1000 houses in Melfort were today, Friday, demolished without any warning by government.
This is despite previous assurances that they would be regularised.
Goromonzi Rural Development Council (RDC) claims the structures were built without building plans and a Certificate of Compliance.
Home owners watched helplessly as their houses were levelled down.
The demolitions have shocked many residents, since they had been assured of regularisation.
Speaking at a ZANU PF provincial coordinating committee meeting in Marondera in December 2020, National Housing Minister Daniel Garwe calmed the restive residents.
“The time for land barons is over and we cannot sit back and relax while they continue to frustrate our people.
“However, we are going to regularise the illegal settlements and we are going to bring in experts who will come up with proper plans so that the settlements become habitable,” he said.
“By this, I mean the experts will work on roads and sewer reticulation systems and this will see some of the settlers being affected in the process.
“Those who are going to be affected will be compensated.
“We are currently mulling construction of flats in a bid to save land,” added Garwe.
The Melfort project had benefitted close to 1000 youths and civil servants but was seen by some as a partisan project for ZANU PF members.
Dubbed, Diamond Park, the project was earmarked to also benefit war veterans and the disabled.
Government has lately rolled out massive demolition exercises against illegal settlements and trading places across the country.
Just last week various illegal structures were also demolished in Mbare.
The program has however, been condemned for lacking long-term alternatives for those whose structures are removed, especially in business.