Harare Council reclaims ‘invaded’ wetland from war veterans

Harare City Council yesterday deployed municipal police to repossess an internationally recognised wetland on the east side of Monavale Vlei and demolished all illegal structures erected at the site by a group of suspected war veterans.

By Tinotenda Munyukwi

When NewsDay arrived at the scene, the illegal settlers were still collecting their belongings, although they claimed they had paid $6 000 to Limpopo Housing Co-operative for the stands.

The settlers’ spokesperson, Noah Kambanje, is on record claiming they were granted permission to settle on the wetland by Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere.

But Kasukuwere denied it, saying his ministry followed recommendations given by the Environmental Management Agency.