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‘Most Gweru housing schemes sitting on non-serviced land’

Tinaani
Nyabereka
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GWERU – Chiwundura
Member of Parliament (MP) Livingstone Chimina has lamented profiteering by land
developers whom he said were ignoring the need to service the land on which they
do their developments.
Speaking
at a Radio licensing workshop in the city last week, Chimina said a big mistake
was made when government allowed free reign on private housing schemes.
“People
are blaming Gweru council for developing land without servicing it but the
ministry is responsible and we now have some people in Woodlands living in the
dumpsite area.
He
defended City of Gweru, saying the authority had done much to help people
residing on non-serviced land to access some basic services.
“Gweru
council had to come in after realising most households did not have access to
water. Most of the land developers do not service the land as is the case with
Adelaide Park, KMP and Senga housing schemes. We are taking the issue to
parliament so that the minister can tell us the way forward on the matter,” said
Chimina 
Gweru
Urban MP, Brian Dube said community radios were an important asset which could
help in all related developmental issues.
“A
community radio is of importance because it empowers the people and it keeps
the society informed thereby giving people the power to make decisions wisely.
As a community, you must be aware and know what you want. In terms of
participation in decision-making processes, be involved,” said Dube.
Women
Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCoZ) Midlands chapter coordinator, Vimbai Nhutsve said
more than 10 radios were needed as challenges differed with each community.
“We
need more than 10 radio stations. The challenges of Gokwe are not the same as
those of Somabhula or Nkayi. It is high time government licenced community
radios for the welfare of communities.
“We
also call upon the responsible ministry and the board to revise their licensing
figures because it’s too much. Why charge $60 000 dollars and not a more
reasonable fee,” said Nhutsva.

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