Coun­cil to par­cel out 6k stands

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Sharon Chi­ware Mid­lands Re­porter

THE Govern­ment has ap­proved the par­celling out of 6 000 res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial and in­sti­tu­tional stands in Gweru, as it con­tin­ues to push for the growth of the Mid­lands cap­i­tal.

In an in­ter­view last week, Gweru Mayor Coun­cil­lor Charles Chikozho said the Govern­ment re­cently ap­proved the sell­ing of the stands in Mkoba Phase 21, a few kilo­me­tres west of the city cen­tre. The stands range from 200 to 1 000 square me­tres.

“On June 20 last year, we made an ap­pli­ca­tion to the Min­istry of Lo­cal Govern­ment, Pub­lic Works and Na­tional Hous­ing seek­ing author­ity to sell the stands for Mkoba 21. Now, Min­is­ter Saviour Ka­sukuwere has al­lowed us to sell the stands and we are work­ing on the modal­i­ties,” said Clr Chikozho.

Clr Chikozho im­me­di­ately dis­tanced the city coun­cil from Just Home Prop­er­ties — a pri­vate com­pany — that has been claim­ing the same piece of land and try­ing to sell stands.

“The prop­erty de­vel­oper in ques­tion has been sell­ing stands to Gweru res­i­dents with­out the ap­proval of the Gweru City Coun­cil and we are still to get in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing how many stands they had al­ready sold,” said Clr Chikozho.

Clr Chikozho said those who wished to buy res­i­den­tial stands legally, were free to visit coun­cil of­fices.

“All res­i­dents who want land are free to go to the coun­cil of­fices and pay their de­posits or full amount. No one is al­lowed to sell coun­cil land with­out ap­proval,” he said.

He said since some peo­ple had al­ready sold some of the stands, pos­si­ble mea­sures will be put into con­sid­er­a­tion against them.

“We are plan­ning to have a full coun­cil meet­ing where this is­sue will be dis­cussed and these peo­ple should be ac­count­able for their ac­tions since they do not have the right to sell coun­cil land,” said Clr Chikozho.

Mean­while, Clr Chikozho said the coun­cil would soon ap­ply for more land from the Govern­ment.

“The is­sue of land is still work in progress be­cause the Min­is­ter of Lands just al­lowed us to sell the land re­cently. We have very big com­pa­nies where we cur­rently made ap­pli­ca­tions for the growth of the city and we are still at an in­fant stage. We are try­ing to speed up the process to at­tract many in­vestors,” said Clr Chikozho.

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