Tinomutenda Midzi in Mutare
13 March 2017, MUTARE – Members of the Zanu PF provincial youth league have vowed to bypass council procedures and allocate themselves residential stands in Dangamvura and Chikanga, claiming that the MDC-run Mutare city council is sabotaging their home ownership dreams through dillydallying.
Speaking at a Zanu PF youth clean-up campaign at Meikles Park in Mutare last week, Zanu PF Manicaland youth chairperson, Mubuso Chinguno, said they were tired of waiting and will soon seize council land for themselves.
"We have waited for a long time to get stands. In some places like Chipinge and Rusape, stands have been given to the youth but its only here in Mutare where the move is being delayed. This is mainly because the council is dominated by MDC-T councillors who are enemies of progress.
"Where ever you are, please be informed that the wait is over. We have discovered unoccupied land in Dangamvura and Chikanga and we are going to take it by force in the coming two weeks.
"No one is going to stop us; the MDC-T councillors are not going to stop us! Just like what happened during Jambanja time, we will wait for offer letters while building our houses," said Chinguno.
When contacted for comment, City of Mutare Mayor, Tatenda Nhamarare said no one will get stands for free and without following due processes as required by the law.
"We have a housing policy and that is what we follow. Residential stands are not for free. We have people on our waiting list who want to buy stands and not to get them for free. If they want stands, they should go the same way as ordinary citizens go irrespective of their political affiliations," Nhamarare said.
In August last year, Zanu PF Masvingo provincial youth boss, Norbert Ndaarombe threatened to grab City of Masvingo land and develop residential stands for party followers but the threat was rebuffed by Mayor Hubert Fidze who said nobody will be allowed to disregard procedures to get residential land.politics, topnews