CHIREDZI - Chiredzi Town Council last week decommissioned its dumpsite and cemetery in Marinda Road and across Zava Business Centre to pave way for the pegging and servicing of more than 1000 medium density and commercial stands.
In a full council meeting held last week, council declared that it had been resolved to decommission the sites to pave way for new residential areas.
It was heard that new land was being identified for a new cemetery and dumpsite.
Chiredzi Town Council chairperson, Francis Moyo later told TellZim News that the plan was to develop 1000 residential stands.
"There are two places that we have decommissioned which are the existing cemetery and dumpsite in order to pave way for the pegging and servicing of residential stands. We are going to reclaim the site at a later stage to enable it to decompose and peg commercial stands.
"The whole area can give us more than 1000 residential stands that will be pegged in medium density fashion," said Moyo.
Meanwhile, United Chiredzi Residents and Ratepayers Association (UCHIRRA) is trying to bar council from carrying out the latest development, saying it should be left to a new council which will assume office after the elections since the current council is tainted by many corruption scandal.
Chiredzi has been accused of diverting funds collected from home seekers for the servicing of 2 000 stands at Makondo Extension.
Despite each prospective home owner paying US$900, the stands remain not serviced almost nine years later.
An audit team commissioned by former Local Government minister, Saviour Kasukuwere reportedly unearthed serious corruption and mismanagement although the report was never made public.
Councillors and council management were also accused of selling themselves many stands at discounted prices and reselling them to desperate people at inflated prices.local