Articles tagged 'housing'

Govt urged to assist desperate home seekers 9 April 2016 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 ou...
Don't blame squatters: Tsvangirai 30 January 2015 HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says the government is clueless about solving Zimbabwe’s housing crisis. Speaking in Epworth, a shanty suburb in Harare, yesterday — where government is demolishing illegal structures — the MDC leader said as a result, squatters should not be blamed...
Gweru council to develop 6 000 residential stands 20 August 2014 GWERU - The Gweru City Council is set to engage private land developers to service 6 000 stands in the high density suburbs in an bid to alleviate a mounting housing crisis, a council official has said. Deputy town clerk Tapiwa Marerwa could not disclose the private land developers, but said s...
Zanu PF youths demand housing stands 14 May 2014 CHITUNGWIZA - Government has acceded to housing demands by Zanu PF youths in Chitungwiza in a move that has caused an uproar among residents and councillors. The move has been castigated as partisan designed to rescue the waning political fortunes of those involved in the housing scandal. O...
Home-seekers petition Chombo 6 March 2014 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...
3 teachers' union members up for $560 000 fraud 11 February 2014 HARARE - Three committee members with Teachers Union of Zimbabwe Ushewokunze Housing Cooperative connived to dupe home-seekers of more than $560 000. Martin Maburutse, 45, Moffat Katuli, 45, and Daniel Chiwandire, 47, appeared before Harare magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe facing $563 632, 50 fraud...
Shelter is a basic human right 16 December 2013 EDITOR — Chitungwiza Residents Trust (Chitrest) in its ongoing effort to avert government’s  intended house demolitions yesterday successfully created a platform at Unit O in Seke, Chitungwiza in partnership with Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) to educate and sensitise Chitungwiza and Se...
Old Mutual to build 15 000 houses 12 December 2013 HARARE - Fifteen thousand first time home - seekers are set to benefit from Old Mutual's housing developments across the country in the next five years. The insurance giant has set aside $62 million towards funding the initial phase of the project, where it is constructing 1 593 housing units ...
Demolitions — a psychological torture 1 December 2013 EDITOR — The plan by the Ministry of Local Government to demolish 10 000 houses in Chitungwiza is psychological torture and also a violation of human rights. The plan to demolish the so-called illegal structures in Chitungwiza and other targeted places is tantamount to the declaration of hosti...
Govt must be considerate 20 November 2013 EDITOR — The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) is greatly disturbed by reports that government intends to demolish 'illegal' shelters, just like they did during the 2005 “Operation Restore Order or Operation Clean Up” which affected over 700 000 Zimbabweans. It seems our leaders have a ...
Harare council pledges 30 000 homes in 5 years 18 November 2013 HARARE - The Harare City Council has pledged to construct 30 000 housing units in the next five years amid a backlog of more than 500 000 houses. Justin Chivavaya, the director of housing and community services,  made the pledge when he presented his departmental plan in a full council meeting...
Statement on the demolition of houses 9 November 2013 EDITOR — This statement by residents' associations in Harare and surrounding rural regions addresses the recent announcements by the minister of Local Government that they intend to demolish “illegal” housing structures in different parts of the country's urban areas which go against the Zanu-PF ...
Ex-NHDT workers in housing fraud 8 November 2013 HARARE - Four ex-employees of National Housing Development Trust (NHDT) allegedly stole a housing database and have been enlisting clients from NHDT into their housing project. NHDT has reported Learnmore Makono, Josephine Mutsamwira, Tapiwa Philimoni and Muchazondida Marwiro to the police for...
Govt puts off slum clearance 6 November 2013 HARARE - Government has stayed the demolition of illegal settlements in Harare settling for negotiations with the “pilgrims”. Joel Biggie Matiza, the Local Government deputy minister,  yesterday backtracked on earlier threats to clear slums. “You are not going to wake up tomorrow and find o...
Chitungwiza shelves slum clearence plan 6 November 2013 HARARE - Chitungwiza municipality has backtracked on its threat to demolish 10 000 illegal structures constructed on wetlands and on top of sewer mains. The town's authorities had last month indicated that it had received a government directive to destroy the houses which have now starved the ...
Clean up housing cooperatives 6 November 2013 HARARE - An idea that easily gets traction with desperate home-seekers is the proposed clean-up of the housing cooperative sector to make leaders of such organisations accountable to members. Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo speaks to this intention by spearheading a commendable campa...
'Building brigades set to be revived' 5 November 2013 HARARE - Government is mooting the re-establishment of building brigades as accommodation pressure mounts in urban areas. Ignatius Chombo, the Local Government minister, said his ministry believed the brigades would significantly help Zanu PF to fulfil its campaign promises and provide decent ...
480 housing units for Dzivaresekwa 4 November 2013 HARARE - A community initiated project spearheaded by women is set to build 480 housing units in Dzivaresekwa Extension under a slum upgrading project. The project which is a partnership between the Harare City Council (HCC) and the Zimbabwe Homeless People's Federation is being funded under a...
Housing projects raise hope 4 November 2013 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF government, though it is too early to pass a verdict, appears to have set itself on delivering to long-suffering Zimbabweans. Directly or indirectly, the government has provision of housing to impoverished and low income earners among its top prioriti...
Help desperate homeseekers 4 November 2013 EDITOR — When desperate landseekers were building on illegal land, where was Ignatius Chombo? All of a sudden he wakes up and finds that there is a problem — only after the elections? In a normal country, he would have been fired for sleeping on the job — but then, this is Zimbabwe, where o...
Harare vows to reduce housing backlog 13 October 2013 HARARE - Harare City Council says it will fight to provide decent accommodation and reduce the housing backlog, currently pegged at 500 000 home seekers. Charles Nyatsuro, chairperson of the housing and community services committee, told journalists after the constituting of standing committee...