Land row —Committee to look into dispute

HARARE - Harare city council’s audit committee is set to step in to resolve disagreements between the finance and housing committees on the best use of a portion of land in Kuwadzana.

The land in question is currently serving as a home industry but has also been slated for allocation of 96 residential stands to the Chombouta Housing Co-operative.

Urayai Magwiro, councillor for ward 37, where the land is situated, argued that it would be better to reserve the land being used as a home industry because it was an economic base for hundreds of families.

“There is no industry in town, so we are appealing to housing to allocate them somewhere else and leave the home industry.

“Moreover, it is a wetland and this co-operative has been side-lined for many years and it will not be fair to give them land where there is conflict and where there is a wetland. The same co-operative was previously allocated land on stony ground,” he said.

Harare deputy mayor Thomas Muzuwa suggested the audit committee should look into the land in question.

“There should be an audit because the committees are in disagreement and the audit committee should look into what would be the best purpose of the land,” he said.

According to the housing committee minutes, the home industry plans had been approved and were awaiting allocation and a toilet was in place.

“The director of Urban Planning Services however, reported that the area was zoned “residential” according to the operative local plan and the toilet was just a public toilet. The home industry occupiers were the ones illegally occupying the area and during murambatsvina, the home industry had been demolished,” the council minutes further said.

The housing committee also held a meeting to resolve other conflicts on housing co-operatives involved in wrangles in Kuwadzana.


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