Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai made an emotional visit to his former lodgings in Mutare a single room that has now become home to 10 family members.
The visit to Chisamba Single Quarters by the Premier last weekend revealed accommodation problems at the block where a family is now living in one room.
Residents stampeded to catch a glimpse of Tsvangirai and told him how they were living in over-crowded conditions.
Tsvangirai told them the apartments were meant for single persons but because of lack of accommodation, people found themselves exposed to all kinds of vices.
Right Sixpence, who is now staying in Tsvangirai’s former lodgings, room number 34, urged the government to do something to help thousands of people living in the neighbourhood.
Sixpence said: “It’s good that he (Tsvangirai) came to see us and we are very happy about it. But our problem is that we are living like mice in one room yet the apartments were meant for singles.
“Authorities have to extend the rooms or give us another place to stay. I stay with my five children and my wife in this single room and that is not normal.”
Another resident, Anna Simango, said she was staying with her three children in the same room and prostitution was rife in this neighbourhood.
Mutare Deputy Mayor George Jerison said:
“Something is being worked out to address the situation.”