Govt reaffirms commitment to providing decent housing

By ZBC Reporter

Government has reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring decent shelter for citizens by taking over the Kasase Housing Project in Kariba to expedite the relocation of more than 390 families living in squalid conditions.

This came out when Vice President Kembo Mohadi visited the area this Wednesday.

Vice President this Wednesday came face to face with the realities of the shanty and overcrowded Mahombekombe Township in Kariba with people settled within the confines of 390kV power lines exposing them to high electricity voltage.

“We have come to see how you are surviving, I have come to see it for myself because this is not safe you are settled under power lines this causes diseases like cancer”.

Vice President Mohadi proceeded to visit Kasase residential area where the government seeks to relocate the Mahombekombe community after the project had stalled since its launch in 2018 due to challenges faced by the financing partner, Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe.

Speaking after the tour Vice President Mohadi said every Zimbabwean is entitled to decent shelter in line with Vision2030, the Constitution of the country and the United Nations charter.

“When we look at housing it is a basic right that each and every individual here in Zimbabwe is entitled to, which is why we have a Ministry of National Housing.”

The Minister of National Housing and Social Amenities, Honourable Daniel Garwe described the relocation of Mahombekombe community as a priority programme, pledging that land development at Kasase residential area will resume before the onset of the rainfall season.

“Contractors have already been appointed we are going to be the public arm of that triple P we have appointed IDBZ to be our project manager, we seek your guidance so that treasury releases the money before the rain season.”

Mashonaland Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Cde Mary Mliswa denounced land barons who acquire land for speculative purposes.

“Land barons are the major culprits impeding housing developments in urban areas, they must be apprehended.”

Residents expressed hope that the visit by the Vice President signals a new era.

Mahombekombe single quarters section was established in the mid-50s as a dormitory settlement for construction workers during the building of the Kariba dam wall, but the bachelor rooms now accommodate families resulting in over 200 people sharing a single community toilet.