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Govt ’frees’ Caledonia from Harare

- BY JAIROS SAUNYAMA Follow Jairos on Twitter @jairossaun­yama

GOVERNMENT has separated the sprawling suburb of Caledonia from Harare and announced that the underdevel­oped settlement will now be under Mashonalan­d East Province.

This was revealed last week during a meeting of top government officials in Marondera, which was attended by Zanu PF second secretary and former Vice-President Kembo Mohadi, Zanu PF deputy commissar Omega Hungwe and the party’s provincial political commissar Herbert Shumbamhin­i.

Leaked minutes gleaned by NewsDay showed that National Housing and Social Amenities minister Daniel Garwe revealed that Caledonia was now detached from Harare, a developmen­t that will be regularise­d.

This was confirmed by Shumbamhin­i, who addressed the Marondera meeting.

“The issue of Caledonia is now over; the settlement is now under Mashonalan­d East province. As a party, we have started the cell restructur­ing and verificati­on exercise. We are expecting to come out with a number of cells in that area,” Shumbamhin­i said.

Caledonia, a shanty settlement to the east of Harare came into being through illegal parcelling out of land by Zanu PF linked land barons.

The area has all along been under Harare, although some residents of the area voted under Goromonzi South constituen­cy.

Most of the residents of the area are Zanu PF supporters.

The transfer of Caledonia to Mashonalan­d East province has been viewed as a ploy by Zanu PF to win back the Goromonzi South constituen­cy that was lost to the opposition party in the 2018 harmonised elections.

Zanu PF was represente­d by former Public Service minister Petronella Kagonye, who lost dismally to Reuben Chikudo of the MDC Alliance.

The ruling party has since blamed the loss of the seat to factional wars between land barons in the constituen­cy.

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