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ZPC Set To Evict 18 Families From Company Houses

 


BY YEUKAI CHOGURWEI

FACED with an acute shortage of housing for it workers, the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) has instituted moves to evict at least 18 beneficiaries from the company's properties in Kariba.

ZPC is a subsidiary of power utility, Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA).

The tenants have up to 30 September 2021 to vacate the properties.

This has thrown most families, including those headed by pensioners, in a quandary as they do not have alternative accommodation.

The 18 beneficiaries were given three months notice due to lapse this month-end.

ZPC terminated the lease agreements with the beneficiaries of the houses owing to an accommodation crisis currently faced at the electricity-generation plant.

Reads one of the eviction notices signed by ZPC general manager, Kenneth Maswera, "Please be advised that the station is currently facing accommodation challenges. We have, therefore, resolved to repossess house number (???) by 30 September 2021.

"You are required to settle all your outstanding water bills and rentals before the said date."

However, those facing eviction accused the parastatal management of inhumane treatment of former employees and tenants.

They, however, asked for more time to secure accommodation.”We understand that the company did everything legal and followed all procedures, but we plead for more time maybe until December. We are still trying to get accommodation, but our efforts are not yielding any results", said a distraught female tenant, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Residents association chairperson, Samu Mawawo further accused ZPC management of violating basic human rights relating to shelter.

"They are breaking human rights law against their pensioners and long-serving tenants whom the ZPC has been leasing these properties to. 

"In Kariba town it is a known fact that accommodation is a problem, and issuing someone with an eviction notice is a nightmarish experience," said Mawawo.

He requested ZPC to allow the affected tenants more time to find alternative accommodation, failure of which the evictees would approach the court to stop the evictions.

"If ZPC fails to heed our request, we will be left with no option but to take the litigation route against the company."

Efforts to get comment from ZESA proved fruitless by the time of publishing.



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