University of Zimbabwe (UZ) female students, who had been at the centre of “social decay” due to the closure of halls of residence, will this year get accommodation after the provision of a water reservoir at the institution.
Mt Pleasant MP, Jameson Timba, told residents during a meeting on Wednesday that more than 4 000 female students at the UZ affected by lack of accommodation will be given preference to stop a social problem that resulted in “mini-marriages of convenience” due to the closure of halls of residences.
“We have 4 000 female students and we have a social problem as girls stay with our workers in cottages.
We had “convenience marriages” taking place. Priority will be given to all female students after the provision of a water reservoir,” said Timba.
The halls of residence at the University were closed in 2007 owing to water challenges.
A student who was present during the meeting said the Harare City Council should do more towards water supply at the campus to avoid social ills.
The MP told the meeting that he had used $48 000 of the $50 000 provided for MPs under the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) for the development of schools and clinics in the area.
Timba, who is also the Minister of State in Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s office, said in consultation with councillors for the areas, they had spent a total of $48 000 in schools and two clinics except Vainona High School which submitted its requirements late.
He said the constituency needed help from the city council and police to curb the increasing number of vendors who were harassing shoppers in most shopping centres in the suburb.