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Disabled persons lose eviction court challenge

A group of disabled persons who had lodged a Constitutional Court challenge against their eviction from  a flat in the Avenues area in Harare have lost the legal battle that had spanned almost 18 years.

The group has since 1999 been in a legal battle with the former chairperson of the Leonard Cheshire Disability Zimbabwe Trust, Mr Ben Chikwanha against eviction from the Harare flat which is run by the Leonard Cheshire Disability Zimbabwe Trust.

This was after the trust decided to close the home and the disabled people who were accommodated at the flat were served with notices to vacate the premises, an outcome which they have been contesting.

However, the disabled residents’ representative, Mr Louis Garaba confirmed that on Friday the 10th of this month, the group was again served with a seizure and attachment order from the High Court, which stated that they should vacate the premises by today (Wednesday).

Other residents have appealed to the government to intervene as they have nowhere to go and they also allege  that Mr Chikwanha does not have the legal right to evict them as his board’s term of office has expired.

Efforts to get comment from Mr Chikwanha were fruitless as his mobile phone was unreachable.

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