‘Ser­vice stands be­fore al­lo­ca­tion’

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu

LO­CAL au­thor­i­ties have been urged to fully de­velop res­i­den­tial ar­eas be­fore set­tling peo­ple as they have a right to ac­cess all ameni­ties.

Speak­ing in an in­ter­view dur­ing a visit to Gwanda on Mon­day, the chair­per­son of the Com­mis­sion of In­quiry into the sale of State land in and around ur­ban ar­eas since 2005, Jus­tice Tendai Uchena said their visits to var­i­ous towns and cities had shown that many res­i­dents were set­tled in ar­eas that have not been ser­viced.

Jus­tice Uchena said they will be hav­ing a hear­ing to­mor­row in Bu­l­awayo.

“We are pleased to see that the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Gwanda is work­ing on de­vel­op­ing land be­fore peo­ple have set­tled. We noted dur­ing our visit in other cities and towns that peo­ple are set­tled in in­ap­pro­pri­ate places. Peo­ple are liv­ing in places that have no wa­ter or sewer retic­u­la­tion.

“It’s im­por­tant for res­i­dents to have ac­cess to all ameni­ties and lo­cal au­thor­i­ties have to fully de­velop land be­fore peo­ple are set­tled. There is need for wa­ter sup­ply, a sewer sys­tem, elec­tric­ity and roads,” he said.

Jus­tice Uchena said the Pres­i­dent ap­pointed the Com­mis­sion after it was re­alised that State land was be­ing sold il­le­gally. He said after the hear­ings a re­port with find­ings and rec­om­men­da­tions will be com­piled and submitted to the Pres­i­dent.

He said dur­ing the hear­ings, the com­mis­sion will be mak­ing a fol­low up on land that was ac­quired by Gov­ern­ment to en­sure that it was be­ing used legally.

“We want to find out the sta­tus of the land if it’s oc­cu­pied, if it is we want to know who fa­cil­i­tated the oc­cu­pa­tion, whether it’s be­ing used for le­gal pur­poses.

“We also want to find out if there is ap­pro­pri­ate de­vel­op­ment on the land, whether de­vel­op­ment is be­ing done ac­cord­ing to the plan. If the land was sold we want to find out whether the sale was le­gal or any other rel­e­vant is­sues that are closely as­so­ci­ated with State land,” he said.

The com­mis­sion also vis­ited Judds Farm and Doel­fontein Farm in Gwanda which are ear­marked for de­vel­op­ment into res­i­den­tial ar­eas.

Speak­ing dur­ing the meet­ing De­part­ment of Phys­i­cal Plan­ning Mata­bele­land South act­ing pro­vin­cial town plan­ning of­fi­cer, Mr Ben Mashati said Judds Farm and Doel­fontein Farm which have a com­bined 5 142 hectares were re­served for ur­ban ex­pan­sion. He said the area will have res­i­den­tial stands, in­sti­tu­tional stands, com­mer­cial stands, ser­vice in­dus­try stands, recre­ational stands, petrol fill­ing sta­tions and mar­kets among other stands. — @DubeMatutu.

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