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ED Pledges Decent Housing For Families In Irregular Settlements



BY FAINAH KUGARA

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa's government has pledged to provide relief to 

families set to be relocated from irregular and dysfunctional settlements, 

saying affected households will be offered decent accommodation by year-end.

Addressing journalist during a post-Cabinet media briefing in Harare on 

Wednesday, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services minister, 

Monica Mutsvangwa said the government will provide alternative 

accommodation for households by December.

Construction of high-rise apartments for the relocation is now underway at 

various sites.

Mutsvangwa revealed that four blocks of flats are targeted to be complete 

by 31 December 2021.

"Regarding the first four blocks of flats in Dzivarasekwa, which are 

targeted for completion by 31 December 2021, deck shattering, steel 

reinforcement and electrical tubing on Block 7 have been completed", said 

Mutsvangwa.

There is active involvement of other ministries such as Youth, Sport, Arts 

and Recreation, and Higher and Tertiary Science and Technology Development, 

which will provide more artisans, including carpenters and plumbers to 

expedite construction work.

The former Messenger Camp project, she said, has received $200 million from 

Treasury for construction of houses in Highfield in Harare and Senga in 

Gweru.

"The public works department will construct four of the eight blocks at the 

Senga (police) camp in Gweru with the remaining four blocks being reserved 

for tendering," said Mutsvangwa.

She added, "The government wishes to inform the nation that Shelter 

Afrique, a Pan African banking institution has already released US$11 

million for the construction of social housing."

In 2005, 700 000 people around the country, translating to nearly 6% of the 

total population, were forcibly evicted from their homes through 'Operation 

Murambatsvina', a government clean up exercise to rid urban areas of slum 

dwellings. 

The demolitions left thousands of citizens homeless, highlighting the 

country's dire housing shortage.


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