By ZBC Reporter
GOVERNMENT is set to relocate about 90 families whose properties built on wetlands were affected by the recent floods in Harare’s Budiriro suburb.
The Minister of National Housing and Social Amenities Minister, Honorable Daniel Garwe, this Wednesday led a government delegation on a tour of settlements that were recently affected by floods in Budiriro and Chitungwiza.
The tour revealed shocking details of how the residents were settled on a river basin back in 2012, risking death and diseases, amid revelations that typhoid cases have already been reported in the area.
Touched by the plight of the settlers, Honorable Garwe promised an immediate government intervention.
“Relocation is the government’s priority as a matter of urgency. These innocent home seekers cannot continue to live in these conditions especially as we are expecting more rains to come,” he said.
Harare Provincial Development Coordinator, Mr Tafadzwa Muguti questioned how the local authority approved the plans in the area which is not suitable for human settlement.
“We are going to work tirelessly to ensure that whoever is involved in the allocation of stands in this area is brought to book as a matter of urgency. The second republic has made it clear in terms of housing,” he said.
Residents who had resorted to digging up wells and constructing pit latrines described how they were being affected by floods in the area.
“We were sleeping with my husband and two kids in our house before we head a huge thunder only to wake up being surrounded by water. We quickly ran to higher ground for safety. We want to thank the government for the gesture to come and witness how we are living we are grateful for the government which is working on resettling us,” they said.
As government and local authorities still face an uphill task to regularise the settlements the Harare City Council has on several occasions denied allegations of parcelling out irregular stands, instead accusing land barons of the settlement crisis.
This makeshift bridge leads to a settlement with over 90 families settling on this river basin, but the million-dollar question remains how does someone allocate stands on such a place.