Marondera Council will this year unveil 14000 stands in the controversial Hunyani Timberlands area as the local authority moves to avert massive housing shortage.
In August last year, thousands of home-seekers, most of whom are members of the Marondera Residents Association (MARA) besieged the said land and allocated themselves residential stands before the anti-riot police was called in to disperse them.
Chamber Secretary Runashe Nyamuzihwa told Marondera Open Council that they are going to address the housing crisis this year through allocating 14000 residential stands in the Hunyani Timberlands located near Marondera Golf Course.
“Currently we are servicing 40 stands near the Marondera Showgrounds and from there we are moving to Hunyani Timberlands.
“According to the masterplan, at Hunyani we are expecting 14 000 stands and servicing of the area is set to begin soon. We are also going to unveil stands in Shepperton area and we are confident that the housing crisis will be dealt with after these projects,” said Nyamuzihwa.
According to the council’s housing department, the housing waiting list stands at 17000.
MARA is accusing the local authority of not being sincere in allocating residential stands to people from the farming town hence their move to invade any open space and force council to regularise their stay.
After the invasion last year, MARA ring leaders were arrested and charged with Contravening the Regional and Town Planning Act.