Makonde in am­bi­tious hous­ing project

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Mashonaland Central & West News - Wal­ter Nya­mukondiwa Mashona­land West Bureau

MAKONDE Ru­ral Dis­trict Coun­cil has em­barked on an am­bi­tious project to de­velop dor­mi­tory res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial ar­eas tar­get­ing Chin­hoyi res­i­dents along its bound­aries with the town.

The RDC has pro­posed a $3,5 mil­lion bud­get with a sig­nif­i­cant chunk go­ing to­wards the pur­chase of cap­i­tal equip­ment and projects aimed at de­vel­op­ing the res­i­den­tial ar­eas.

The bud­get also seeks to spruce up Mhangura and Mur­ereka town­ships which are ex­pected to grow into towns in the near fu­ture.

In an in­ter­view af­ter the adop­tion of the 2019 bud­get by coun­cil, chair­man coun­cil­lor Sim­barashe Ziyambi said Makonde had pock­ets of land on its bound­aries with Chin­hoyi which they want to re­serve for res­i­den­tial pur­poses.

“We are work­ing flat out to es­tab­lish an area closer to Chin­hoyi which is called Portlett Es­tate. We have al­ready started the plan­ning to­gether with De­part­ment of Phys­i­cal Plan­ning.

“We want to de­velop the area in terms of busi­ness, res­i­den­tial and in­dus­trial stands so that it grows into a mini town be­cause of its prox­im­ity to Chin­hoyi town,” he said.

Clr Ziyambi said the area had great po­ten­tial and would want to ex­pe­di­tiously de­velop the area.

“We call it an en­clave de­vel­op­ment, away from town, but wholly-owned by Makonde RDC. It is our own area which we are go­ing to grow.”

He said the Makonde RDC plans to de­velop the dis­trict start­ing from the bound­aries with Chin­hoyi go­ing in­wards.

This will be com­ple­mented by a sim­i­lar de­vel­op­ment at the 300-hectare High­lands Farm near Chin­hoyi Caves.

“The lay­out plans for the High­lands Farm project have been done al­ready and we are only wait­ing for the ap­proval from the Min­istry of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Pub­lic Works and Na­tional Hous­ing,” he said.

Makonde RDC has crafted a $3,5 mil­lion bud­get with more than $1 mil­lion go­ing to­wards pur­chase of road main­te­nance equip­ment.

Pri­or­ity will also be given to im­prov­ing ser­vice de­liv­ery in Mur­ereka, Mhangura and Doma town­ships.

“We are grow­ing Mur­ereka Town­ship and we want it to get town sta­tus soon.

“There is a lot that is hap­pen­ing in Mur­ereka in­clud­ing im­prov­ing pro­vi­sion of water, re­pair­ing and de­vel­op­ing roads.

“We are also work­ing on Mhangura which is owned by ZMDC, but we are com­ing in as a lo­cal au­thor­ity be­cause we have been tasked to take care of its ser­vice de­liv­ery needs.

“We are try­ing our level best to ad­dress its pe­cu­liar needs. It is also grow­ing in terms of pop­u­la­tion.”

Coun­cil wants im­proved ser­vices at Doma Cen­tre and the ru­ral ar­eas of Ken­zamba and Kanyaga.

Clr Ziyambi

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