By Staff Reporter
The Municipality of Marondera is set to allocate residential stands to more than 60 builders who constructed council schools and clinics in the past years.
The bricklayers who operate under the banner Umbuca rendered their services in the construction of Chitepo and Cherutombo Primary schools and toilets among other buildings for free before pleading with council to give them first preference in the allocation of residential stands.
Both councillors and management during the recent full council meeting unanimously agreed to honour the builders with residential stands as part of the deal.
Cllr Dominic Matangira said it is high time council ‘honours’ the voluntary builders through giving them first preference in the allocation of stands.
“These builders did a great job as they constructed council infrastructure for free and it is high time council honours them. These builders are not going to get the stands for free but they are going to pay something. I am of the view that we put closure to this case through allocating them residential stands as per their requirement,” he said.
Acting Town Clerk Rinashe Nyamuzihwa said his team will work to ensure that the deal with the builders be sealed.
“I concur on the issue of Umbuca builders. The housing director will look into it and we are ready to meet their requests,” said Nyamuzihwa.
The Umbuca group consists of local builders who constructed council infrastructure for free a move that saved the local authority some money. The team is also responsible for maintaining existing council buildings.