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More than 80 families protested outside the Beira Municipal Council building against an order for the demolition of their houses within 72 hours.
The families, who admit to having built their homes in the Maraza and Chota areas of Beira city illegally, say they feel let down by the city council, which they say last year agreed with to legalise the constructions.
Families claim that they were surprised this year when machines appeared to open access roads and dig drainage ditches without any prior communication.
Last Friday, more than 80 families received notifications ordering them to demolish their homes within 72 hours.
Those affected say that the demolition of their houses should be preceded by compensations or granting of alternative locations and say they will not permit the construction of any project that the Municipal Council has in mind for the place.
The municipality Councillor for Urbanisation and Construction of Beira met the families on Monday afternoon and explained that Beira Municipal Council was intending to build 25,000 houses over an area of 500 hectares in Maraza and that it was necessary that the unauthorised constructions there be removed in order to make that possible.
Carrige also explained that, after the completion of the 25,000 homes, the families would benefit from better housing conditions.
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