'Chombo anti-development'

HARARE - Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo is being arrogant and anti-development by stopping construction of 3 000 residential stands by CABS in Harare, residents’ groups have said.

Chombo last week ordered that land which was given to CABS should be repossessed because mayor Muchadeyi Masunda is chairperson of Old Mutual, a company that controls the building society.

He argues there is conflict of interest.

Harare Residents Trust (HRT), director Precious Shumba said the decision by Chombo is unwise and shows an exhibition of his political “immaturity”.

“What he is saying is tantamount to interfering with the operations of a local authority; this is cheap politics.

“He must be aware that Harare City Council has no capacity to develop residential stands and when such an opportunity comes, the people of Harare grab it with both hands. This is very cheap politics which will make the people of Harare remain without shelter,” said Shumba.

“The minister should be aware that the people of Harare need houses and not his politics. We know that he is taking Zanu PF politics to government which is very wrong and unwelcome. We hope he was joking or else his party (Zanu PF) will be more unpopular than it is today,” said Shumba.

Obert Gutu, the MDC Harare provincial spokesperson said Chombo should first deal with his failures than be a stumbling block to service delivery by the MDC run council.

“It would be surprising to any right- thinking person when a devil starts to preach the gospel,” said Gutu.

He said instead of blocking service delivery in Harare, the Zanu PF politburo member should look at himself first.

“Instead of trying to disturb the MDC- run council from conducting its business for the benefit of the residents of Harare, Chombo should look himself in the mirror where he would see a very big log in his eye,” Gutu added.

“Under the supervision of Chombo, most local authorities in Zimbabwe have been hamstrung by gross incompetence, unprecedented levels of corruption and gross dereliction of duty. Chombo should be warned that those in glass houses should not throw stones,” Gutu said.

Masunda responded to Chombo’s claims saying that he declared his interest and excused himself during deliberations on the deal.

According to the deal between CABS and council, the financial institution was supposed to service 3 000 stands in the high density suburb of Budiriro and build housing units for those on Harare ‘s housing waiting list.

As of December last year, over 500 000 people were on the housing waiting list and according to Shumba, the deal would have provided shelter to the poor Harare residents.

Chombo on the other hand claims that the local authority should develop the piece of land on its own and not engage CABS.

He also claims that the project is anti-people.

This is not the first that his Zanu PF party has blocked developmental projects that would have been brought up by the MDC.

Last year, a militia group aligned to Zanu PF successfully scuttled another housing project that was targeting Mbare. The project which was being sponsored by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was moved to Dzivaresekwa after Chipangano objected to it. - Xolisani Ncube

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