Masvingo coun­cil runs out of land

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News/ Obituary - Wal­ter Mswazie Masvingo Cor­re­spon­dent

MASVINGO City Coun­cil has run out of land for res­i­den­tial pur­poses and has since ap­plied to Govern­ment for six sur­round­ing farms to be used in its ex­pan­sion drive.

Masvingo Mayor Coun­cil­lor Hu­bert Fidze said as a re­sult of the short­age of land, the hous­ing wait­ing list now stands at 20 000.

He said con­trary to some claims that coun­cil was op­posed to the al­lo­ca­tion of land within its ju­ris­dic­tion to youths, the lo­cal author­ity does not have land as the sur­round­ing farms be­long to the State.

“As Masvingo City Coun­cil we no longer have any land to spare. We have used all the land at our dis­posal and we have since writ­ten to Govern­ment so that we can be given some nearby farms for ur­ban ex­pan­sion,” said Clr Fidze.

He said coun­cil has iden­ti­fied six farms around the city and is wait­ing for Govern­ment’s re­sponse on their ap­pli­ca­tion.

“We have iden­ti­fied six farms which we think Govern­ment may give us for ex­pan­sion given the predica­ment we are in right now. Al­though govern­ment has not yet re­sponded, we hope that we are go­ing to get a pos­i­tive re­ply on the is­sue. All these sur­round­ing farms are State land and not for coun­cil as it stands, the farms are within our ju­ris­dic­tion,” he said with­out iden­ti­fy­ing the prop­er­ties.—@wal­terbm­swazie2.

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