MUTARE: Council urged to complete Sakubva Urban renewal project on time

By ZBC Reporter
MUTARE residents have urged the city council to speed up the Sakubva Urban Renewal project for them to benefit from the government led initiative.
The launch of the Sakubva Urban renewal project in November last year brought joy to Mutare residents, with the local authority giving assurance that the project will be up and running by March this year.
Residents of Sakubva told ZBC News during the tour of the project by city council officials this Tuesday that they expect the project to be implemented according to the set time lines.
“We are encouraging council to speed up the implementation of the urban renewal project,” said one resident.
“We support the vision by President Mnangagwa and we urge the city council to implement that vision,” said another resident.
“We believe the implementation of the noble programme is running behind schedule, the project is one of the greatest support schemes to improve the standards of living in towns. All residents in the town are eagerly waiting for the success of the project,” highlighted another.
Mutare Mayor, Blessing Tandi allayed fears of delays in project implementation while also revealing the funding mechanism.
“I cannot say we are facing challenges but we are having funders who are coming in to help us and other statutes that we need to move with but I can happily say the special purpose vehicle that make it possible has been registered paving way for funders to come in and partner us in the noble project,” he said.
The Sakubva Urban renewal project is expected to improve infrastructure in Mutare’s oldest high-density suburb and reduce the housing back log and create employment. The project is being bankrolled by BancABC and the first phase will see an injection of US$8 million by the bank.
It is a tripartite arrangement spearheaded by Plan Infrastructure Development (PID), with Mutare City Council making 225 hectares available.PID is the consultant in the Sakubva Urban Renewal initiative, which holds National Project Status.