MBARE residents are suing the Harare City Council for a sum of $57 556. 70 after their properties were destroyed by floods recently due to what they say was the local authority’s negligence.
The residents accuse the council of negligence and reckless construction of a drainage system and building of Harare Sunshine Bazaar Mall along Simon Mazorodze Street.
In a letter addressed to the Acting Town Clerk Josephine Ncube on 6 January, 2017, Tressie Taruvinga and others represented by Residents Forum through their lawyers Allen Moyo Attorneys at Law said the original drainage system was tempered with by the mall constructors as the council approved the work without diligent checks and balances.
“Our clients have tasked us to write as we hereby do and claim compensation for the value of their loss and damage which at the moment stands at $57 556. 70 failure of which our client will be left with no other option but to approach the courts for redress at a cost that would be borne by yourselves,” the lawyers wrote.
According to the Attorneys, “Water levels rose as floods ensued along Dumbujena, Mbirimi, Mwamuka and Chinhamhora Streets where our clients reside as water flowed into our clients’ residence until it was at waist level and in the process destroyed and swept away an assortment of valuable properties.”
The flood victims gave the council a 72 hour ultimatum to pay the damages saying they were struggling to survive as a result of the said floods which destroyed their clothes and food among other things.
Harare City Council has been sued several times by residents due to its failure to deliver proper services.
A few years ago, a man was swept off by water when he fell into an open trench/drainage pipe after a heavy storm as he got off his vehicle to collect his son in the central building district. His body was later found at the Mukuvisi River.