Shock As Budiriro Demolished Houses ZANU PF Land Baron Is Arrested And Set Free Without Trial
11 December 2020
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Paul Nyathi

The aftermath of the demolitions

The mastermind of the BUDIRIRO 4 house demolishing and leader of Tembwe Housing Cooperative Caleb Kadye, himself a bigwig in the ruling Zanu PF party, who was arrested on Tuesday has been set free without trial.

“Police officers arrested Kadye, the chairperson of Tembwe Housing Cooperative, on December 8, 2020,” read a police statement on Tuesday.

“Kadye, together with two other members of the housing cooperative, Frank Sithole and Talent Machaba, were charged with malicious damage to property,” the statement added.

It is alleged that the trio resisted the execution of a judgement by the Harare City Council and the Sheriff of the High Court to demolish hundreds of houses under the Tembwe Housing Cooperative in Budiriro. The trio allegedly pelted a police truck with stones and damaged the windscreen.

Darlington Marange of Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum appeared before the courts on behalf of the trio. Darlington Marange insisted that the trio be released as they had been unlawfully over detained at Budiriro Police Station.

Meanwhile the Forum has since established that the Harare City Council demolished houses belonging to the Tembwe Housing Cooperative members on the basis of a court order which targeted a different housing cooperative. As a result, at least 140 houses were destroyed exposing children, the elderly and people with disabilities to the elements.