Government has failed to meet its target of 2000 housing units in the first quarter of the year after managing only 569 units.
This translates to just above a quarter of the target.
According to Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa, “a total of 569 housing units were constructed and completed for the quarter out of a targeted 2000 units.”
“The Covid-induced lockdown adversely affected the construction industry which was declared a non-essential service,” she said.
The failure has been made dire by the backdrop of myriad demolitions of residential houses.
Over 3000 houses were demolished in Melfort whilst a further 11 000 face demolition in Chitungwiza.
Last year over 200 houses were also destroyed along High Glen road.
Many other cooperatives have also suffered the same plight.
Government’s National Development Strategy (NDS1) envisions the delivery of 220 000 housing units by 2023.
Out of the total target, government is left with only 2 years to deliver the remaining 219 431 units.
Earlier this year Housing Minister Garwe said they would channel $5 billion released by Treasury, towards affordable housing for low income earners.
The country has a housing backlog of over 1.4 million.
The government has previously pledged to clear the backlog by 2030.