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Mkoba 21 development gets green light

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Mkoba 21 development gets green light




CHIEF GWERU – The servicing of at least 700 Mkoba 21 stands has been completed and Gweru City is giving stand owners the greenlight to construct their houses, Mayor Martin Chivhoko has said. The local authority availed the stands 10 years ago and their servicing by three local companies stalled. The scheme has at least 6 000 housing units. Chivhoko said beneficiaries should submitting their plans so that they can start work on their stands.

“I can confirm that a partial compliance has been granted to about 700 beneficiaries to start constructing their houses in Mkoba 21. About 700 stands are ready for development,” he said. Gweru City awarded Sheasham Construction, Casa Properties and Wackdrive Private Limited Company contracts to service Mkoba 21 in 2014.

Gweru Residents and Ratepayers Association (GRRA) director Cornelius Selipiwe said the development is a huge milestone for the local authority and its residents.”As residents we are celebrating this development and we are happy that after a very long time residents are given a nod to start building their houses. We are however, calling on these developers to speed up their processes.

“As you can see only Sheasham has finished, something should be done to Casa Properties and Wackdrive Private Limited. We are calling for the local authority to push these other contractors so that all stands are developed on time,” he said. Mkoba 21 is a high density suburb with at least 6 000 housing units. Servicing involves the construction of roads, water and sewer reticulation systems.

Lucia Nyoni, a beneficiary of the scheme expressed joy at the development.“I am really excited to receive the good news that we can now start building our houses in Mkoba 21. I saved for my house for so long and feel that my dream of owning a house is going to be fulfilled. We paid for these stands ten years back and we want to thank council for this huge milestone,” she said.

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