Nearly 1200 households under Chief Chundu face eviction from Manyenyedzi, Mahwau, Kabidza and Hwiyo in Hurungwe Rural District Council on allegations of being illegal settlers.
Headman Jonathan Nyakasikana of Nyakasikana village and 98 villagers were served with 48 hours notice on Thursday. Kudzayi Choga from ZLHR was dispatched on Friday to file notice to file a plea against eviction.
At least 10 other headmen were served and several thousand dependents were also affected. They hope the move by ZLHR may give them relief. Some of the villagers were settled in the area in early 1950s.
Swift reaction by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights halted court proceedings for default judgment to evict thousands of Hurungwe villagers by the local council last week.