By Staff Reporter
The Municipality of Marondera is struggling to recover its land offered to government for the construction of a Minister for Provincial Affairs’ house, Open Council has learnt.
The land in question is Stand No. 2936 in the plush suburb of Winston Park measuring 4000sqm.
It was given to the government to pave way for the construction of a mansion for the resident minister.
According to the latest Full Council minutes, Council’s Housing Director Justin Chivavaya told his boss, Acting Town Clerk Rinashe Nyamuzihwa that government is yet to avail alternative piece of land to the local authority as part of the deal.
“The Director of Housing and Community Services reported that land equivalent was yet to be availed by the government to replace 4000sqm of land offered to the government for the construction of a house for the Minister of State for Provincial affairs,” read the minutes.
This publication is reliably informed that government has another house for a resident minister that is currently dilapidated and is set to be renovated.
This means government will have two residential homes for its resident ministers in Marondera.
Stands for Low Income Earners
Meanwhile, Council has resolved to urgently secure land for residential stands to cater for low income earners whose waiting list has gone past 20 000.
Recently, the local authority unveiled 45 more stands for the elite in the Elmswood area despite numerous calls by homeseekers for council to unveil land for the poor.