300 000 housing units on the cards

HARARE - Government is set to avail 313 283 housing units across the country to ease the 1,3 million-unit backlog, Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo has said.

In a statement yesterday, Chombo told a National Housing conference that in line with promises made to the electorate in the run up to last year’s elections, Zanu PF party would make good on its promises.

In its manifesto, Zanu PF promised to build 250 000 low income housing units, 1 250 public houses, 2 500 factory shells, flea and vendor market stands, 310 clinics and 300 schools as well as rehabilitation of old buildings and the construction of a new Parliament complex in Mt Hampden.

Chombo called on the corporate world to partner government in the provision of shelter, saying it was a tall order that required an all stakeholders approach.

As part of his strategy to deliver on the promise, Chombo said Harare province will be the biggest beneficiary with 105 935 units followed by Midlands with 56 582 units, Matabeleland North (28 772), Mashonaland West (23 819), Manicaland (21 830), while Masvingo will get 20 269 units.

The lowest beneficiary will be Mashonaland East with a total of 11 776 with Bulawayo, Matabeleland South and Mashonaland Central getting 15 100, 12 100 and 16 760 respectively.

Chombo said his ministry will mobilise banks to fund the projects.

“On the other hand, banks will mobilise resources for mortgage financing to potential beneficiaries,” said Chombo adding that since a good number of properties in most local authorities do not have title deeds  and cannot use them as collateral to secure funding, there was need to ensure that title is given to sitting tenants at growth points. Chombo noted that while housing cooperatives had played a role in attempting to ease the housing backlog, there was “need to streamline matters relating to sound corporate governance with respect to their operations.”

Many housing schemes across the country have been taken to court with some being sued by home seekers for promising a Utopian dream that later did not materialise.

Council housing schemes have been hogging the limelight with allegations of fraud and corruption.

Cooperatives like the one spearheaded by musician-cum politician Energy Mutodi have been hauled before the courts for duping desperate civil servants seeking houses across the country.

Comments (1)

What rubbish! And exactly 313 283 houses...not 315 000 but 313 283. Precision lying! Your reporter should do some work and not just repeat such nonsense.

Gordon Hove - 27 September 2014

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