Zimbabwe Government Unveils New Housing Scheme
By Farirai Machivenyika and Innocent Ruwende
Government has introduced a new housing scheme to protect the public from land barons that have fleeced them of millions of dollars through illegal sales of residential stands on undesignated sites. This comes as Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Saviour Kasukuwere told local authorities to indicate their land requirements to the Government to facilitate their fulfilment of targets under Zim-Asset.
In a statement yesterday, the ministry said the Own-Your-Own-Home Scheme sought to meet targets set under Zim-Asset. Under Zim-Asset, the Government expects to provide up to 300 000 residential stands by 2018. "The scourge of illegal settlements precipitated by the activities of the land barons and the non-development of land by housing cooperatives and land developers has necessitated Government to introduce a new housing scheme known as Own-Your-Own-Home Contributor Scheme to meet Zim-Asset targets.
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