Govt urged to assist desperate home seekers

HARARE - MDC Zengeza West MP Simon Chidhakwa has urged government to swiftly allocate land to thousands of desperate home seekers living in the open following the demolition of their homes by the municipality.

Several Zimbabweans lost thousands of dollars to bogus land barons, who parcelled out land illegally, leading to the subsequent demolition of their homes. Chidhakwa said the demolition of homes has reduced Zimbabweans into refugees in their own country.

“Nyatsime residents are tired and are taking the Zanu PF-led government to task over its failure to resolve housing related issues. About 15 000 desperate home seekers bought housing stands from Chitungwiza Municipality in 2005, but it was later discovered that the land belonged to peri-urban farmers.

“A recent report tabled in the National Assembly by Chitungwiza Town clerk George Makunde paints a gloomy picture of the situation in Nyatsime where A2 farmers obtained a court interdict barring council from setting foot on Braemar Farm which has opened the door for illegal land allocations to continue unabated,” Chidhakwa said.

Chidhakwa added that it was the duty of every responsible government to safeguard the welfare of its citizens.

“As confusion continues rocking the allocation of residential stands, councillors have also been fingered in these illegal land deals, where duped home seekers lose their hard-earned money and are left at the mercy of local authorities.

Hoping to get to the bottom of the housing disputes bedevilling Chitungwiza, a parliamentary portfolio committee on Local Government and Public Works toured the populous township. During the tour, the city council’s urban planner Conrad Muchesa admitted that council was not “completely” blameless for the land anarchy in the city.

“...some of these irregularities emanated long ago, that’s why in 2012 the ministry of Local Government carried out an investigation which later showed that there were a lot of underhand dealings council sold stands on wetlands,” Muchesa said.

Chitungwiza housing problems have not been an isolated phenomenon, as several other citizens are battling the same problem across the country.

In Harare’s Epworth suburb, extreme poverty, misuse of public office and abuse of Zanu PF’s name by land barons and housing co-operatives has left 90 percent of residents settling illegally, Epworth local board chairman Tafirei Murambidzi said last week.

Meanwhile, the Harare City Council has of late been on a rampage, demolishing “illegal” settlements in Marimba, Budiriro and Warren Park.


Comments (2)

Government, through the municipalites undef its control, destroys people`s homes. And now I hear the same government is being urged to assist the same people whose homes it has destroyed to have some roofs over their heads. Can anybody tell me what this means ? Is this kind of thing happening in the country run by indigenous people or foreigners (Chinese or other nationalities) who do not give a damn about the welfare of owners of the country ?

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 9 April 2016

my wish is to see epworth improving its service delivery, housing,street lighting and roads. people are suffering, paying for regularization which is not even effective. the council should stop the mismanagement of funds.

uknown - 25 March 2017

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