The Municipality of Marondera has given the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) more than 200 stands as part of its debt settlement.
According to the latest full council minutes, the deal has already been finalised with council releasing a total of 206 residential stands from the Elmswood Housing Project to the water management parastatal.
Council Planning to Give More Stands
The local authority is also mulling to settle another debt with NSSA through releasing 39 residential stands from the same housing project
“It was reported that two thousand and sixty six (2066) stands has been allocated at Elmswood Housing Project.
“Of the above stands 206 had been allocated to Zinwa as compensation for money owed by Council to the same and 39 as compensation for land owed to NSSA.
“Zinwa has since been paid its dues and the land owed NSSA was being recalculated,” read the minutes.
Residents Have Been Deceived By Council
The release of the stands comes against the backdrop of a tiff between home seekers and council after the latter failed to unveil stands at Elmswood in 2015 despite having received various deposit amounts of money.
According to council, those who paid their deposit moneys will be considered in the allocation of new stands.
“The Director of Housing and Community Services advised that everyone who had paid a deposit towards the project was going to be considered besides the amount paid. The meeting tasked Town Planning to look for land for high density stands,” read the minutes.