The Government says it is making moves to give title deeds and provide basic social amenities to residents of Gimboki and Federation in Mutare while residents of the Mahalape area who are close to a railway line will be relocated.
This was said by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga while addressing a ZANU PF star rally at Dangamvura Grounds on Sunday. He said:
The government is seized with the issue of Gimboki, Federation and Mahalape settlements. There were a lot of challenges in these settlements, but all these will soon be a thing of the past.
Roads are being worked on, while eight boreholes to augment water supplies have been drilled in Dangamvura and Chikanga.
Seven out of the eight boreholes are working and plans are in place to drill eight more boreholes as we wait for the completion of the Dangamvura Water Project.
Water and sewer provision should be in place. In short, we are in the process of ensuring that all social amenities are availed to Gimboki.
After providing the social amenities, title deeds will then be availed to residents.
We do not want settlements to be developed in areas that endanger people’s lives, like the Mahalape area which is near the railway line.
These people will be relocated to a safer area, but this will only be done when the identified area is properly serviced.
We do not want to dump people in areas where there are no social amenities as some of them are in this current predicament after being duped by land barons.
A total of 850 people from Gimboki Phases One, Two and Three are set to benefit from the development that is expected in the future.
The Gimboki Housing Scheme was mooted in 2007 but little progress has been made in developing the area due to differences between the Government and Mutare City Council, with some land barons and politicians also involved.
In 2021, the Government identified Gimboki Housing Scheme as a priority project under National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1).
Ncube Burrow Consulting Engineers, a developer, has recently been at work in Gimboki, working on roads, and mapping the area for proper planning and designing.
The developer’s work is being supervised by officials from the Ministry of National Housing and Social Amenities as well as those from the Surveyor General’s Office.