The Municipality of Marondera says it will offer residential stands to home-seekers who were duped during political campaigns four years ago after they were made to pay various amounts of money.
In 2015, during a Zanu PF by-election campaign for the then vacant Marondera Central seat, thousands of people were made to pay US$1500.
The money was for residential stands which were to be allocated by the Council at Elmswood Farm.
However, the Council failed to deliver the residential stands as it turned out that the same piece of land was owned by a private developer.
Marondera Mayor Chengetai Murowa said the Council will consider the plight of those who were duped as they are set to unveil more land for residential stands.
“We are much concerned by the Elmswood land issue in which people were made to pay various amounts through council and never got the stands.
“We were not there (as councillors) when it happened.
“However, we resolved that each time we unveil new stands, we consider those who paid their money during that time. Currently, we have offered residential stands to some who were ordered to pay additional money up to US$3000,” he said.
During the campaigns, Zanu PF’s candidate Lawrence Katsiru won the election against minor parties while the MDC had withdrawn from contesting citing electoral reforms.
Council is currently selling stands near Marondera Provincial Showgrounds where they are demanding $100 000 as deposit. The local authority is also mulling to unveil some stands at Shepperton.