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Chiredzi bans building of houses on unserviced land

Gibson Hwende

Beatific Gumbwanda
CHIREDZI – Chiredzi Town Council has announced that it will no longer brook the practice of rushed building of houses on unserviced land.
Some 1000 medium density residential stands are expected to be allocated to deserving residents of the town soon.
New town chairperson, Gibson Hwende said the local authority will no longer allow construction work before the provision of requisite services on the land.
The local authority is battling to collect over US$1.2 million from residents who benefitted from the Makondo Extension Area before roads, water and sewerage systems of the area had been developed.
“As Chiredzi Town Council, we are worried by the state of affairs in Makondo Extension whereby residents constructed houses before council developed roads, sewer and installed water pipes. This has turned out to be disastrous because we now have septic tanks that have mushroomed all over the place.
“We have a new set of medium density stands that will be availed to residents soon but this time, we will not allow beneficiaries to start construction work before the necessary servicing of the land has been done,” said Hwende.
On pressing water challenges in some wards, Hwende said they will soon be a thing of the past as government had availed a US$300 000 loan facility under the Public Sector Investor Programme (PSIP).
“We have already started looking at the pressing issues affecting the smooth flow of business in our council. As a matter of urgency, we are delighted to announce that government has already disbursed $300 000 under PSIP for the upgrading of water purification system.
“Residents in wards 5 and 8 (Magwaza and Makondo) have been hardest hit by current water shortages but I believe this programme will address everything relating to water treatment, storage and delivery challenges,” Hwende said.
The town chairperson said they were going to implement the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa)’s way of installing street lights following the success of a kilometre-long street lighting project along Msasa Road.
“We received a one kilometre donation of street lights from Zesa and we are going to do similar work at some of the darkest spots in town,” said Hwende.local
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