Zimbabwe police are leaving many people without shelter in the middle of winter after Harare city council said it will demolish homes in so-called “undesignated areas”.
Michael Chideme, Harare city spokesman, said at least 19 illegal settlements dotted around the city would be demolished.
“We have identified all the areas with illegal structures in Harare and we have informed all the people who are in these areas that they should pull down their structures, failure of which will mean the council will do it for them,” he said.
So far about 200 homes were demolished in the last two days in several poor suburbs about 10 to 15 miles west of Harare along the main road to second city, Bulawayo.
Michael Guvamatanga, 50, married with three children, was stammering with shock and anxiety as he staggered around the rubble of the home he began building two years ago. “I am trying to save some building materials,” he said.
Mr Guvamatanga said he was finishing some tiling when city council workers and policeman arrived and ordered him outside and began smashing down his home in Harare’s peri urban, Westlea suburb.