27 October 2016

Zimbabwe: Kasukuwere Taken to High Court Over Partisan Allocation of Residential Stands

Photo: Saviour Kasukuwere/facebook
Minister Saviour Kasukuwere (file photo).

A GROUP calling itself Residents' Forum has filed an urgent High Court application seeking to stop local government minister Saviour Kasukuwere from dishing out housing stands to Zanu PF youths only.

Zanu PF has been using land in election campaigns with party leaders offering supporters 9,000 housing stands ahead of the recent Norton by-election which washowever, won by an independent candidate.

Represented by Harare lawyer and opposition politician Douglas Mwonzora, the group which is led by one Denford Ngadzore argues that allocation of housing stands is the duty of local authorities and not the minister.

Further, the group says most of its members are not affiliated to the Zanu PF which excludes them from Kasukuwere's programme, adding that such exclusion was discriminatory and unconstitutional.

Kasukuwere is cited as the 1st respondent with the Attorney General and Harare City Council as 2nd and 3rd respondents respectively.

In the court application, the residents' group said sometime in April this year Kasukuwere offered 1,500 hectares of land to Zanu PF youths at a ruling party rally in Mbare.

"The land was specially offered to Zanu PF youths through their leadership," reads the court application.

Forum leader Ngadzore said wrote to Kasukuwere in July expressing his concern over partisan distribution of the stands.

However, up to now there has been no response from the minister or ministry officials.

"Sometime in the beginning of August the 1st respondent's party called a meeting in Chinhoyi town in order to distribute residential stands," the forum says in papers before the High Court.

"Although the event became unsuccessful it confirms the fact that the land is going to be distributed on party lines.

"Earlier on the 1st applicant had issued a statement against partisan distribution of residential stands."

The forum adds that Kasukuwere also travelled to the City of Bulawayo ostensibly to identify 20,000 residential stands to give to Zanu PF youths.

"It is not the duty of the 1st respondent to parcel our residential stands to people.

"That duty rests with the local authorities in line with the Constitution provisions of devolution of power.

"The 1st respondent is, therefore, ultra vires the constitution and therefore null and void."

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