New hous­ing scheme tar­gets civil ser­vants

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Pamela Shumba

THE Gov­ern­ment has started work­ing on a mas­sive low and medium in­come hous­ing scheme that will ben­e­fit thou­sands of civil ser­vants.

At a meet­ing be­tween Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Pub­lic Works and Na­tional Hous­ing Min­is­ter Saviour Ka­sukuwere and civil ser­vants’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives yes­ter­day, a tech­ni­cal team was set up to start work­ing on the scheme that will pro­vide de­cent ac­com­mo­da­tion for the Gov­ern­ment work­ers.

Min­is­ter Ka­sukuwere said the Gov­ern­ment recog­nises the im­por­tance of avail­ing hous­ing schemes to civil ser­vants who are an im­por­tant as­set to the coun­try.

“I met the civil ser­vants rep­re­sen­ta­tives to­day and we dis­cussed is­sues to do with ac­com­mo­da­tion for all Gov­ern­ment work­ers. I’m happy that we agreed to come up with an in­no­va­tive scheme that will see the civil ser­vants own­ing houses.

“We’re work­ing on set­ting up a tech­ni­cal team that is led by Apex Coun­cil pres­i­dent Mrs Ce­cilia Alexan­der and Ur­ban Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Ud­corp) to make sure that the scheme is well de­signed for the ben­e­fit of the civil ser­vants,” said Min­is­ter Ka­sukuwere.

He said the tech­ni­cal team will also en­sure that civil ser­vants are not fleeced of their hard earned money while try­ing to ac­quire ac­com­mo­da­tion.

“Civil ser­vants are a very im­por­tant group of peo­ple that have dis­played max­i­mum ded­i­ca­tion in their work. We have man­aged to achieve a lot as a coun­try through their hard work.

“The Gov­ern­ment there­fore has taken into con­sid­er­a­tion the need to up­lift them and make sure that they are com­fort­able wher­ever they are. The scheme will ac­com­mo­date low and medium earn­ers. We’re also con­sid­er­ing high rise build­ings so that all the civil ser­vants are catered for,” said Min­is­ter Ka­sukuwere.

Apex Coun­cil sec­re­tary Mr David Dzat­sunga said he was op­ti­mistic about the project.

“We’re happy that the Gov­ern­ment has pledged com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing houses to civil ser­vants. The min­is­ter promised that the Gov­ern­ment will roll out pro­grammes that will pro­vide ac­cess to houses for civil ser­vants,” said Mr Dzat­sunga.

“The process has started and we hope that the Gov­ern­ment will fi­nally de­liver be­cause the is­sue of hous­ing for civil ser­vants has been out­stand­ing for too long.”

Zim­babwe Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Richard Gun­dane said:

“Ac­com­mo­da­tion for teach­ers has been a long­stand­ing de­mand and it’s im­per­a­tive that the pres­i­dent Mr Gov­ern­ment de­liv­ers on this man­date. De­cent ac­com­mo­da­tion is not a sta­tus sym­bol but a right for the teach­ers. Gov­ern­ment should there­fore set aside land and pro­vide guar­an­tees and ac­cess to mort­gages to all grades of ed­u­ca­tors so that they own houses.

“We wel­come fa­cil­i­ties such as the Na­tional Build­ing So­ci­ety and we hope that they will quickly respond to the high de­mand for houses.”

He said pro­vid­ing civil ser­vants with houses is a way of in­cen­tivis­ing them and im­prov­ing their lives. — @pame­lashumba1

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