Sleepless nights in Zimbabwe, housing shortage sprout

HARARE- Government of Zimbabwe struggling to meet the housing backlog deficit of Zimbabwe which is estimated to be over 2 million.

BY TRACY MAZHURA
Recently, Minister of Finance Prof Mthuli Ncube allocated ZWL 156,4 Billion in Infrastructure development for the 2022 Budget.
Currently, the city of Harare has a 1,2 million housing backlog with some residents claiming to be on the housing waiting list for as long as two decades.
Recently cabinet approved layout designs for Hopley and Ushewokunze have been issued and this is in response to the increasing demand for housing and land in urban settlements to restore sanity and order in Harare.
Minister of Information and Publicity Senate Monica Mutsvangwa assure the nation of the aerial mapping of Harare South ann Ushewokunzw
“The aerial mapping of Harare South and Hopley has been finished, whereas that of Ushewokunze has yet to be completed by the Zimbabwe National Geospatial Space Agency (ZINGSA),” she said
In 2005  Zimbabwe initiated Operation Murambatsvina which had left many families homeless, majority of people evacuated to the farms close to major urban centres.
Thousands of people lived in these areas for over a decade, lacked proper settlement necessities like roads, schools, shopping complexes, sewer reticulation, and clinics.
“Now the government is just waiting for the physical verification of these contentious settlements to be finished so that adequate services can be delivered,” Mutsvangwa added.
“Those who have correctly settled houses will be issued their appropriate title deed,” Mutsvangwa added, “and those who do not have adequate settlement will only be relocated when the relocation site is out.”
In the 2018 election manifesto, ZANU-PF pledged to construct 1.5 million houses in a period of five years, and in 2020 Minister of National Housing and Social Amenities Daniel Garwe has been visiting all provinces with the national Housing program highlighting the government’s vision to provide decent housing for people

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