MARONDERA-Over 1 000 Marondera home seekers are set to take the Marondera Municipality to Court after failing to get stands they paid for over 5 years ago.
The group has since formed a platform where members have agreed to pull some financial resources to engage a lawyer.
The lawyer that has been approached by the members reportedly demanded US$1 700 for the job and so far, 166 people have agreed to contribute US$7 each, whilst more are expected to join in.
One of the members who preferred to be called said the housing scheme which operates under the name Elmswood Housing Scheme was initiated by Marondera municipality sometime in 2015 when prospective homeowners paid various amounts of cash ranging from US$500 to US$5 000 depending on the size of the land.
Scheme To Benefit the Poor
The housing scheme was meant to benefit different categories of people but especially low-income earners.
“This housing scheme was even targeting ordinary fruits and vegetable vendors, some of whom also paid some money to Marondera municipality, but are still waiting to get their residential stands,” said Phanie in an interview with Marondera Open Council reporter.
Phanie also added that the prospective homeowners agreed with Marondera municipality to pay in instalments for the residential stands which they were going to be allocated as soon as the servicing was over.
Council Accused of Non-Communication
“The problem with Marondera municipality is that they do not communicate with us regarding the matter.
“We once approached the Mayor Chengetai Murova who acknowledged the matter, but failed to give us a timeframe as to when we are going to get our residential stands,” he said, adding that Murova then said preference was going to those who paid US$3 000.
Phanie said that what is surprising them is that among them there are others who even paid more than US$3 000, but are yet to be shown their residential stands.
“We have been pushed against the wall for a long time, and we are left with no choice but to take Marondera municipality to court,” he said.
Council is seized with the matter
Contacted for comment, Marondera mayor Chengetai Murova said Council is seized with the matter, adding that all the affected people will soon be allocated some residential stands at Timberlands.
He said the major problem they encountered with Elmswood Housing Scheme is that they realised at a later stage that the land in question does not belong to Marondera municipality, but to Marondera Rural District Council.