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Govt Makes U-turn On Giving Title Deeds To Harare Residents

Govt Makes U-turn On Giving Title Deeds To Harare Residents

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has backtracked on its earlier plans to grant title deeds to tens of thousands of informal settlers in and around Harare.

The leader of government business in Parliament Ziyambi Ziyambi on Thursday said the title deeds will be given to certain people, for example, Glen View residents who were allocated residential stands by Abel Muzorewa’s Zimbabwe-Rhodesia government in 1979.

About three weeks ago, Mnangagwa promised to formalise all informal settlers and give the residents title deeds.

He made the pledge just before he launched the ZANU PF campaign for the 26 March by-elections in Epworth, but critics dismissed the decision as mere politicking.

Before the rally, ZANU PF spokesperson Christopher Mutsvangwa had announced that 80 000 title deeds would be given out at the rally.

Addressing thousands of residents who attended the rally, but came back empty-handed, Mnangagwa said:

After having seen the situation in Epworth and Harare South, we sat down and decided those who are living in informal settlements should get title deeds.

We have finished the mapping process of Harare South and Epworth. Unfortunately, we cannot give anyone title deeds at this rally as it needs planning.

Meanwhile, Ziyambi, who is also the Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs minister, said the people who will benefit are those who were settled in Glen View 43 years ago. He said:

It is not a call for people to go and invade open spaces, but to say that those that have been in certain areas, for instance, Glen View.

Some of them were settled there in 1979 during the (Abel) Muzorewa era and they do not have title deeds up to now.

This is an exercise to ensure that we regularise and ensure that all those people who occupy houses have title to the piece of land that belongs to them.

… The government is undertaking this project fully aware of what is required of it and the number of households that we need to issue with title deeds.

Ziyambi added that the Government is looking at case by case and merits and wouldn’t want to encourage people to go and build where they have not been allocated.

Energy and Power Development minister Soda Zhemu told parliamentarians that his ministry will not waste public resources to electrify settlements that are not regularised.

Land barons with links to ZANU PF have in the past been accused of illegally selling housing stands to desperate home seekers.

More: NewsDay

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Sugarstar 2 months ago

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Sugarstar 2 months ago

ED is a man to his family... not you mboko zvako...muvoterei adya nokunwa mukombe wake ugare uchifachukira kusvika ,2030... kkkkk

SWAT 2 months ago

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jenarari 2 months ago

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has dangled title deeds to an estimated 80 000 home-seekers in the capital whose informal settlements and structures face demolition.
The move which comes a few weeks before the March 26 by-elections has been viewed as the ruling party’s strategy to influence the electorate. 
Mnangagwa is scheduled to hand the title deeds on Saturday when he is scheduled to address what ZANU PF officials dubbed “mother of all rallies” in Epworth. 
Dwellers have been at loggerheads with the local board over plans to demolish their structures.
In the past two years, dozens of structures and informal settlements were destroyed, leaving homeowners and informal traders counting heavy losses.
ZANU PF spokesperson Christopher Mutsvangwa said handing out title deeds would be a game-changer and likened the move to the attainment of independence in 1980. He told journalists at a Press conference at the party headquarters:
I am confidently told that by now probably 80 000 houses have been mapped and given addresses. The President will be there to give each one an address, an identity.
The signature act of the Epworth visit would be to grant title deeds to the existing stock of urban houses which the people have and have never used and are dead capital.
We have decided as a party that we shall be giving title deeds to urban people. This is something which is big; it is as big as the land reform. It is as big as independence. It is a signal to urban people that since you are living in an urban setting you need to have a history of credit.
He added that urban people who have no title deeds find it difficult to acquire loans from banks.
Mutsvangwa, however, admitted that the party failed to implement its ambitious plan in the 2018 election manifesto to construct 1.5 million housing units.

Jenarari 2 months ago

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Thank you for copying the name.
Pity there's no way of copy-righting a name on social media platforms. C'es la vie.

Be that as it may, I'm glad to notice that our lines of thinking are in tandem and hope that we will complement each other on Pindula

Muchas gracias Signor


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MR NICE 2 months ago

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𝔼𝕣𝕚𝕔 2 months ago

Kkk this dude is actually giving voters hints
He does nt want to rule anymore
But is afraid yellow born wl not let him so hes messing up as he goes so pple wl vote him out n act surprised

🤨🤨 2 months ago

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Zvazvanga zvingori 2 months ago

ED abuses vanhu cake will nilly.Itiswai because muri mabharanzi mabhambi chaiwo.Minister weEnergy bvaanatso kuzvidhakisa.Majaira zvemahara.Hokoyo City Council youyako muchanatsoita sober,kuda zvemahara patown

ZANU ✊✊ 2 months ago

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Nelson 2 months ago

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🤨🤨 2 months ago

Ainyepera vanhu sei apa achida kuvhoterwa i****

. 2 months ago

Dai makarega kutaura nhema

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