Residents demand title deeds

SCORES of residents from Emganwini Millennium Housing Scheme last week stormed the Nketa housing office protesting against Bulawayo City Council’s failure to give them title deeds of the houses they have been occupying
since 2002.

Blondie Ndebele

Bulawayo Progressive Residents’ Association area chairperson Mandula Ncube said they had to demonstrate because the local authority had done nothing over the issue since
last year.

“We were patient all this time thinking that they were working out something, but to date nothing has been done,” he said.

“We tried talking to the mayor and the town clerk, but they were not willing to come clear on the issue. They didn’t even know who was handling the issue.”
Angry residents marched from their suburb to the Nketa housing office carrying placards denouncing the local authority.

Bulawayo mayor Thaba Moyo, however, advised residents to follow council procedures to address their issues.

“Council decisions are done in certain procedures and they should use proper channels so that the issues can be looked at by the relevant council committees,” he said.

On the placards, residents complained that they had not been given title deeds for the houses they have been staying in for more than a decade.

They were also complaining about the “exorbitant” fees that they were being charged every month on top of the service fees.

The Millennium Housing Scheme, a joint venture between the local authority and a donor, is meant for low-income earners.

Most of the beneficiaries of the houses were moved from Sidojiwe.

Residents first demonstrated over the same issue last year.

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4 Comments

  1. It is good that people exercise their democratic right, freedom of expression.How ever it is now common knowledge that those who are allowed to much could be supporters of a certain party bent doing a public relations for that party.Why would police pounce on WOZA, just Magodonga, Williams and few grandmothers for disturbing peace in Mpopoma, but allow a large group to move from Mganwini to Nketa.Has it nothing to do with the fact that the council is MDC? Is NOT REGIME CHANGE?
    On the issue of extra fees the council is abusing residents.The council uses every opportunity possible to extract every cent from poor residents to fund the expensive lives of its clowns occupying management positions.Recently there was an article on people in a suburb having to pay for water twice.Water bills during water restriction rise instead of dropping.General thinking is that residents are using less, not withstanding that some store too much, but not all.In cowdry Park people bought stands from the council, were forced to donate $1500 and $5 per month for more than three years to a consortium that is dominated by ZANU PF thugs, now they are paying $50 for three years to the council to give it capacity to service the stands.Why did the council sell stands if it had not serviced them.THOSE PEOPLE ARE FORCED TO BUY THE SAME STAND FOR MORE THAN THREE TIMES.These clowns.Vote multiparty democracy to stop MDC T Councillors from abusing city of Bulawayo residents.Removed failed clowns and replace them with technocrats from which ever party or even independent candidates.

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  2. mandla ndebele

    Hahahahaha, abantu labo ukuthand’ ukusetshenziswa. Its a genuine concern bt kuyasolisa. Coz its a demonstration against a mdc-t council then its allowed, ngzahleka 1 hour! Anywer, we hv to do away wth dis council. Asisabafun’ abantu baka-morgan la, Bulawayo is “GREEN”…

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