Ma­gaya to launch hous­ing project in Byo

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Zva­maida Mur­wira

PROPHETIC Heal­ing and De­liv­er­ance Min­istries will next week launch a hous­ing con­struc­tion pro­gramme in Bu­l­awayo that will see 46 000 houses be­ing built in four cities. The multi-mil­lion dol­lar project is sched­uled to be com­plete in seven months. In an in­ter­view last night, church leader, Prophet Wal­ter Ma­gaya said the ground-break­ing cer­e­mony for the project will be held in Bu­l­awayo next Wed­nes­day. He said PHD would build 20 000 houses in Harare and Mutare, 3 000 in Mid­lands prov­ince, and an­other 3 000 in Bu­l­awayo. “I want to say thank you to my Govern­ment, which fa­cil­i­tated the ac­qui­si­tion of 20 per­cent of the land that I got while 80 per­cent was bought from pri­vate en­ti­ties who had ti­tle deeds. “I want to say thank you to my Govern­ment and I will not let it down on the land that it fa­cil­i­tated my min­istry (PhD) to ac­quire,” said Prophet Ma­gaya.

The de­vel­op­ment is ex­pected to cre­ate about 3 000 jobs.

PHD has since em­ployed a 1 500-work­force of var­i­ous cat­e­gories who are cur­rently based in Prospect, Wa­ter­falls, Harare, where con­struc­tion of a more than 200-room ho­tel is al­most com­plete.

Asked how he was man­ag­ing to em­bark on such a huge project run­ning into mil­lions of dol­lars dur­ing th­ese dif­fi­cult times, Prophet Ma­gaya said he was work­ing with his for­eign part­ners.

“We have for­eign part­ners who are in­vest­ing back home. They are work­ing with my com­pany Planet Africa, which is into con­struc­tion,” said Prophet Ma­gaya.

He said ser­vic­ing of the land in all the cities had al­ready started.

“We are in the process of em­ploy­ing work­ers. To date, we have em­ployed 1 500 and they are still here at Prospect. As a min­istry, we are say­ing to all part­ners of the min­istry, we want you to re­deem your­self. It is your time for you to have your own land,” said Prophet Ma­gaya.

Asked how much the houses would cost, Prophet Ma­gaya said the houses would be val­ued at rea­son­able prices.

“They will be sold at a much lower price. It will be quite af­ford­able to low in­come earn­ers, and would be lower than most of th­ese projects. We are de­ter­mined to ful­fil Govern­ment’s eco­nomic blue­print Zim-As­set in pro­vid­ing in­fra­struc­ture. Our con­cept is hous­ing for all,” he said.

On how long he thought the project would take to com­plete, Prophet Ma­gaya said: “If I man­aged to com­plete con­struc­tion of a ho­tel in a record five months, what would stop me from com­plet­ing it in seven months?”

The hous­ing project is one of sev­eral that Prophet Ma­gaya has spear­headed.

He re­cently com­pleted con­struc­tion of a 15 000 seater sta­dium, in ad­di­tion to con­struc­tion of 1 500 houses in Harare and Chi­tung­wiza.

The PHD project comes barely a fort­night af­ter Varun Bev­er­ages Pepsi an­nounced that it would start con­struct­ing its $30 mil­lion bot­tling plant that would cre­ate 400 jobs.

Prophet Wal­ter Ma­gaya

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