BULAWAYO mayor Thaba Moyo yesterday poured scorn on residents of Emganwini’s Millennium Housing Development Project for picketing council offices last Friday demanding title deeds for their properties, indicating the houses were never meant for home ownership.
Report by Blondie Ndebele, Own Correspondent
Moyo said: “The houses are under the administration of the city council and they are specifically for renting purposes.
“If the residents want home ownership they should approach us in a lawful way not to stage a demonstration against us. We don’t deal with lawlessness. They might have been exercising their democratic right, but we are not doing anything until they talk to us using proper channels.”
Some 100 residents from Emganwini stormed council offices demanding title deeds for rented premises and protesting against high rentals council was charging them. The houses were built by an Australian donor agency to ease the country’s second city’s accommodation woes.
“If rentals are high, they should make an appeal to the city council. They must have a committee to represent them and we will talk to that committee. We cannot address individual residents as they are all having the same problems,” Moyo said.
The residents’ spokesperson Yuta Masuku accused the local authority of refusing to address their grievances.
“The city council does not want to address us. What we want is to address the problems in this area and if they don’t do anything, we are going to demonstrate at the City Hall until we are heard,” he said.