Home-seekers petition Chombo

HARARE - Crowborough residents have petitioned the ministry of Local Government and Harare City Council (HCC) over fraudulent allocation of housing stands.

The housing scheme, which is run under the Harare Municipal Workers Union (HMWU), is being accused of double and even triple allocation of stands in the high density residential area.

“After so in any complaints to the district officer in Mufakose, director of housing, district administrator, director of water, mayor, chamber secretary, town clerk and director of urban local authorities, we are saddened to note that the committee, with the blessing of the director of housing (Justin Chivavaya), on annual leave, have proceeded to sign allocation letters for which some have been fraudulently allocated,” read the letter to minister Ignatius Chombo.

Chivavaya was unreachable for comment.

Residents said they were dismayed by the lack of cooperation from some officials at the HCC in resolving their problem.

The rift arose after a previous committee in charge of the housing scheme was removed amid allegations of fraud, which the High Court dismissed.

The new committee, led by Nhamo Chikombingo, claims that cash paid by non-council workers was misappropriated by the previous committee and the re-allocation of stands had caused some of the home-seekers to be struck off the list.

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