Workers kicked out

A council worker, identified as Rusike, forcibly evicted former Marondera Rural District Council workers and other tenants from council accommodation, before dumping them in the bushes along the Marondera-Murewa Road last Wednesday.

The four affected families have since set camp in the open, as they have no alternative accommodation.

“We have been abiding with council by-laws regarding renting accommodation at the council Inyagui Deport like everybody else. The eviction came as a surprise since council had continued accepting our monthly rental payments without any suggestion that we would be evicted. We were not even given the opportunity to present our side of the story to council authorities or the messenger of court,” said the victims who said they had no cash with them and had nowhere else to go.

A few years ago the council hired the messenger of court to evict hundreds of dismissed workers who went on an ‘illegal job action’ to demand higher wages and salaries. A senior council official described the recent evictions as legal and justified.

“The affected families were justifiably kicked out of council accommodation since they were given a three month eviction notice August. Council wanted to accommodate its current workers at the living quarters. So, there was nothing unusual about the whole exercise,” he said.

Another council management member accused Zanu (PF) of evicting ‘undesired elements’ from the living quarters to make way for its party youths.

“The evictions were first suggested soon after Zanu (PF) had turned the council beer hall into a party office. It was later suggested that the Inyagui Council Compound be turned into a Zanu (PF) camp,” said the source on condition of anonymity.

Efforts to seek comment from the Council Chief Executive Officer, Tendai Gundo, were fruitless.

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