AT LEAST least 38 people, including 21 children, were left without shelter after a property developer linked to the ruling Zanu PF party demolished their houses in Mutare on Tuesday in defiance of a High Court order
The houses were in Mountain Rise of Devonshire, an undeveloped portion of land in the eastern border city. Some of the families had been occupying the land for the past 50 years.
But Destiny of Africa Network Housing Development Project, led by Zanu PF-aligned reverend, Obadiah Msindo, claims it bought the land on which the families were staying from the Mutare City Council.
Destiny of Africa Network representatives destroyed the houses despite residents' lawyer, David Tandiri, of Tandiri Law Chambers, obtaining a spoliation order last Friday interdicting the property development company from knocking down the dwellings.
Tandiri on July 31 filed an application seeking to stop the demolition of the houses and restore occupation of the houses to the residents.
Although the provisional order which was served on Destiny of Africa Network interdicting the company from evicting the residents, the company went ahead and bulldozed the properties.
Tandiri said this was in clear breach of Section 74 of the constitution which provides that no person may be evicted from their home or have their home demolished without a court order.
The lawyers said they have no option but to return to court.
"I am now considering filing contempt of court proceedings against Destiny of Africa Network officials and have them account for their unlawful and callous actions," Tandiri said.
Msindo and officials from Destiny of Africa Network were not available for comment.