Mutare homeseekers yet to get properties

HARARE - Homeseekers in Mutare, who bought stands in the border town during the Zim dollar era, are yet to get their properties.

Bordervale, which is near the Mozambique border, was designated in 2008 as a low density residential area, and interested persons formed Birkely South Housing Scheme to coordinate the housing scheme.

At least 41 homeseekers were under the Birkeley scheme.

Munyaradzi Hove, the vice chairperson of the housing scheme, told the Daily News that they bought stands but were told by Mutare City Council (MCC) that the money they paid was for survey only.

“We bought the stands in 2008 for Z$50 billion and were given offer letters to show that the stands belonged to us,” Hove said.

“Now the city council is saying the money we paid was for survey only and we have to pay $12 000 for the stands.

“We have not been given or shown the stands by now and the land in question has not been developed by now since 2008. It is a bush.”

MCC town clerk Obert Muzawazi was unreachable for comment.

Council officials say the land in question has been reserved since  independence in 1980 as a security buffer zone, but it was later resolved that it be sold to locals for the housing project.

Hove said MCC told them last year that the army had ordered the council to stop developing the land for security reasons.

“They offered us another land near Beira Road but our bone of contention is the delaying in the availing of stands since we bought them. The council must be doing something fishy here, we do not understand this anymore.”

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