Demolish houses built on school stands: Dokora

HARARE - Lazarus Dokora, Primary and Secondary Education minister,  has defended the impending demolition of houses in Chitungwiza,  saying all those who built houses on land reserved for schools should have their structures pulled down.

Dokora told Chegutu residents on Saturday that people should stop blaming Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo over the demolitions.

“In Chitungwiza, the MDC-led council was pegging housing stands in places reserved for schools,” the minister said.

“But the schools need to be built and people should not blame Chombo when he talks about demolitions.

“Chitungwiza needs schools and unfortunately people built houses on land reserved for schools and these houses should be demolished. Children need to go to school and people should
stop attacking Chombo.”

About 14 000 houses in and around Chitungwiza face demolition after government’s investigative report on the allocation of stands in Chitungwiza and Manyame revealed that some residents inappropriately built on wetlands, municipal service lines and areas designated for schools and other purposes.

Dokora said land developers should be forced to build schools first before selling stands.

“I was talking to Chombo that in new suburbs, we want the developer to build a school because there are suburbs without schools,” he said. “In Bulawayo, we have Cowdray Park, there
are thousands of people and there are no schools.”

He said his ministry is planning to partner with private companies in the construction of new schools.

“As a ministry, we are contemplating partnering with companies who will build schools and we pay back over a number of years through levies,” Dokora said. “We will sign memorandum
of understanding with the companies. We are yet to table this proposal before the Cabinet.”

The minister decried satellite schools in rural areas saying they are negatively affecting pupils.

“We have 1 425 schools which are called satellite schools found in farms,” Dokora said.

“In earnest, these are not schools but tobacco barns which are used as makeshift schools. But of great concern is that students are passive smokers of the tobacco and this is not good at all for their health.

“The residual odour of tobacco is dangerous to their health and we need to help each other as parents to address this calamity.

“We need to invest into education.”

Comments (4)

Ibva mavaka zvikoro zvacho. Munoda kupunza asi mari yacho yekuti muvake zvikoro zvacho hamuna. That land will simply turn into rubble eyesore, with no school years after you demolish. SMH imbwa dzevanhu.

taps - 25 August 2014

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water. - 26 August 2014

CDE DOKORA investigate Addylin Township as well. When residents bought stands they were shown a school stand but people are now building all over.

murimi - 26 August 2014

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