Walter Ma­gaya launches hous­ing scheme

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Pamela Shumba

PROPHETIC Heal­ing and De­liv­er­ance Min­istries yes­ter­day launched a multi-mil­lion dol­lar hous­ing con­struc­tion pro­gramme that will see 90 000 hous­ing units be­ing built in the coun­try, 5 000 of them in Bu­l­awayo.

PHD leader Prophet Walter Ma­gaya ac­quired the land in Bu­l­awayo, Harare, Mutare and the Mid­lands prov­ince.

The Gov­ern­ment fa­cil­i­tated the ac­qui­si­tion of 20 per­cent of the land, while 80 per­cent was bought from pri­vate en­ti­ties who had ti­tle deeds.

“The project is run­ning into mil­lions of dol­lars and I’m tar­get­ing 90 000 hous­ing units in the coun­try and at least 5 000 in Bu­l­awayo. Ac­cord­ing to our plans, it’s hap­pen­ing all over Sadc and we’re start­ing with Zim­babwe. In Zim­babwe we’ve de­cided to start with Bu­l­awayo,” said Prophet Ma­gaya, while ad­dress­ing hun­dreds of peo­ple who had gath­ered for the ground­break­ing cer­e­mony in Dou­glas­dale sub­urb.

The ground­break­ing cer­e­mony marks the be­gin­ning of the mas­sive project which is sched­uled to be com­plete in seven months, through his con­struc­tion com­pany, Planet Africa.

“We’re al­ready work­ing closely with the Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil and other play­ers to make sure that ev­ery­thing is above board and we’re tar­get­ing the first week of Oc­to­ber to start the ser­vic­ing of the stands, which will range be­tween 400 square me­tres and 2,000 square me­tres,” said Prophet Ma­gaya.

“More than 1 000 peo­ple will be em­ployed here in Bu­l­awayo and the project will cas­cade to the Mid­lands, Mutare and Harare be­fore spread­ing coun­try­wide and the Sadc re­gion. All our partners are ben­e­fit­ing from this pro­gramme. It’s just a way of ex­press­ing our ap­pre­ci­a­tion to them for sup­port­ing us and stand­ing with us dur­ing try­ing times when all sorts of neg­a­tive re­ports were be­ing said about PHD Min­istries.

“I’m happy that the word of God will con­tinue spread­ing while our part­ner­ship grows stronger. I saw the de­mand for hous­ing not only in Bu­l­awayo but in the coun­try and I de­cided to pur­sue the pro­vi­sion of houses to the peo­ple of Zim­babwe,” he said.

Prophet Ma­gaya said plans were also un­der­way to con­struct shops and schools to cater for the new com­mu­nity.

“All the pro­ce­dures needed for this to hap­pen have to be ad­hered to so that ben­e­fi­cia­ries se­cure their houses with­out any prob­lems. I will be com­ing to Bu­l­awayo fre­quently to mon­i­tor how the pro­gramme is pro­gress­ing,” he said.

Prophet Ma­gaya urged lo­cal ser­vice providers in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try to ap­proach the church so that the project sup­ports lo­cal busi­ness.

The Min­is­ter of State in Vice Pres­i­dent Phelekezela Mphoko’s Of­fice, Ta­betha Ka­nen­goni Malinga, com­mended PHD Min­istries for pri­ori­tis­ing the pro­vi­sion of houses to the peo­ple.

“This is an amaz­ing day. VP Mphoko sent me here to give the bless­ings of the Gov­ern­ment in re­la­tion to this project. I’m sure many of you have seen or heard a lot of things in the me­dia that may lead you to be­lieve that the gov­ern­ment does not sup­port the em­pow­er­ment of its peo­ple.

“I’m here to dis­credit all that. PHD Min­istries has set a good ex­am­ple. This is what we call pi­o­neer­ing of devel­op­ment,” said Min­is­ter Ka­nen­goni Malinga.

“When we sit in Par­lia­ment, we pass laws to cre­ate a con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment for any­one who wants to start busi­nesses and build houses to do that freely as long as they’re Zim­bab­weans. This is our land and no­body can take it away from us. Zim­babwe pro­motes free­dom of wor­ship. No church has been banned from wor­ship­ping,” she said.

Bu­l­awayo provin­cial ad­min­is­tra­tor Mrs Khon­zani Ncube said Prophet Ma­gaya had taken the right di­rec­tion to com­ple­ment the Gov­ern­ment in the pro­vi­sion of de­cent ac­com­mo­da­tion.

“This ini­tia­tive is not only in line with Gov­ern­ment pro­grammes but also in line with God’s will to keep the earth hab­it­able. What we’re wit­ness­ing to­day will go a long way in alle­vi­at­ing the hous­ing chal­lenges faced by the peo­ple of Bu­l­awayo.

“The pres­ence of gov­ern­ment and coun­cil of­fi­cials reaf­firms our po­si­tion as the prov­ince to pro­vide PHD Min­istries with tech­ni­cal ad­vice to en­sure that this set­tle­ment ad­heres to proper plan­ning and is­sues to do with sewer and wa­ter retic­u­la­tion. We’re there to ren­der that nec­es­sary sup­port and tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise,” said Mrs Ncube.

Prophetic Heal­ing and De­liv­er­ance Min­istries leader Prophet Walter Ma­gaya shares a lighter mo­ment with the Min­is­ter of State in Vice Pres­i­dent Phelekezela Mphoko’s Of­fice Ta­betha Ka­nen­goni Malinga at the launch of the PHD Min­istries hous­ing project in Dou­glas­dale, Bu­l­awayo, yes­ter­day

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