MARONDERA- The refurbishment of the imposing Marondera and Rusike hostels at the heart of the high-density suburb of Dombotombo has stalled as the Municipality of Marondera has allegedly reneged on its contractual obligation to evict more than 200 illegal occupants in one of the hostels.
Marondera hostel has a capacity of 103 occupants while Rusike hostel has a capacity of 111.
In 2015, the local authority signed an agreement with Index (Pvt) Ltd that would see the later renovate the hostels and take the proceeds for a certain period before handing over them to the council.
They were actually given ten years which is subject to review after five years.
Index (Pvt) Ltd general manager Stewart Dzimati said they were failing to recover some of the money they invested when they renovated the other hostel (Marondera), which is also yet to be completed.
He said they have carried a lot of work on the hostel and that includes plumbing, painting, carpentry, electrical and landscaping.
“The council is not taking any action to evict some families, vagrants and ladies of the night who are staying in Rusike hostel yet we agreed in our contract that they should remove them so that we renovate both hostels.
“We did not expect that and we are running at a loss. We approached Council offices many times but all our efforts have been in vain. There are running costs that we are spending on security at the other hostel, the cleaners and management,” Dzimati said.
He added that Index (Pvt) Ltd once had a meeting with Councillors last year but two of them, (Deputy Mayor Boniface Tagwirei and Dominic Matangira) allegedly demanded US$2 000 to push the matter.
Marondera Mayor Chengetai Murowa said he would push for the refurbishment of the hostels as they would help in helping address the town’s housing shortage.
“The refurbishments should go on as we aim to address the issue of the shortage of accommodation in this provincial capital. We will investigate to see where the project is really stalling. What we want is to develop the town so that it attracts investors,” the Mayor said.