ZVISHAVANE – The Minister of State for Midlands, Senator Larry Mavima has commissioned a US$49 144 garden flat in Zvishavane which is the first building to be completed in a bigger project to modernise Mandava Suburb which was built in 1916.
The buildings in Mandava are so old that they are no longer fit for human habitation with residents still using community toilets.
Senator Mavima commissioned the flat on Wednesday and present were the town council chairperson Khulekani Ndlovu and acting town secretary Mungororo Mazai.
Mavima said he was happy that devolution funds were put to good use. Six families have already taken occupancy of the flat with each family getting three rooms.
The local authority has plans to bring down all the old buildings in Mandava known as Majaradha and replace them with modern garden flats. There are about 18 such buildings, housing an estimate 200 residents.
Speaking on the sidelines of the event, Mazai said that there are an estimate 18 more garden flats that are going to be constructed. This is going to bring about the concept of a smart city Zvishavane.
He said that the second garden flat will be completed in the next four months.
“We have so far completed one block with three rooms per family. We are demolishing more of those old worn structures and replacing them with modern structures. We are set to complete the next flat in the next three months”, said Mazai.
One of the recipients Jane Sibanda said residents were excited about the project.
“We very grateful to Government for this project. We walked 300 m to the community toilets and now we have toilets inside our houses,” said Sibanda.
Mavima urged local authorities to fully utilise devolution funds and desist from corruption.
“I want to urge all officers here present to desist from corruption and channel all funds towards development as highlighted by the President. Those found on the wrong side of the law will face the consequences”, he said.https://masvingomirror.com/