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Gweru Council starts servicing Mkoba stands 8 years on

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Gweru Council starts servicing Mkoba stands 8 years on

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Sydney Mubaiwa

MIDLANDS BUREAU

GWERU – Gweru City Council has started servicing of residential stands in Mkoba 21, more than eight years after beneficiaries paid for the stands.
The new suburb which is high density has 100 residential stands and the servicing involves the construction of roads, water and sewer reticulation.

Beneficiaries have over the years protested against the delay, with the city council arguing that it was incapacitated to carry out the project and was also waiting for a clearance from the Environmental Management Agency (EMA).

Council officials said council has given the tender for the resumption of servicing to a local land developer, Sheasham which has already started road works.

Acting Town Clerk Vakai Chikwekwe said council did not have the capacity to develop the stands due to shortage of machinery.
“We have resumed the servicing of residential stands in Mkoba 21. The project was delayed for a long time due to circumstances beyond our control, but now we have partnered with Sheasham which has the capacity to do the work,” he said.
Gweru Public Relations Officer Vimbai Chingwaramuse confirmed that servicing was already in progress.

“The servicing is on full steam and we are confident that the area will be ready for the construction of houses by December this year,” she said.
Lucia Nyoni who earns her living from vending expressed joy at the development.

“I am really excited to receive the good news that servicing of Mkoba 21 has started. I saved for my house for so long and feel that my dream of owning a house is going to be fulfilled,”she said.

“We paid for these stands eight years back. We had hoped to construct houses then but now some of us are old we have no energy to do this,” said Michael Mashawi who is a retired teacher.https://masvingomirror.com

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