‘Don’t engage bogus housing co-ops’

GOVERNMENT has warned residents against engaging unscrupulous housing co-operatives saying those duped by land barons will only have themselves to blame and will not be compensated.

BY MOSES MATENGA

This followed inquiries by several people who bought stands from land barons in Chitungwiza, Harare and Seke on what government would do to protect them as they fell victim to those claiming to be bonafide owners of land.

Deputy Local Government minister Joel Biggie Matiza told NewsDay that people should be wary of those who placed adverts in the press selling stands.
“The only authority to do that is council,” he said. “It’s people’s business to first check whether the people they are dealing with are genuine or not. We will not look at those who were illegally settled to compensate. They have to be compensated by the person who gave them illegal land,” Matiza said.

“We have cases in Hatcliffe and other areas where land is being sold on cemetery space and people are building there. It’s just people parceling out land which is not theirs and getting cash. The onus is on the public to verify with local authorities. People tend to run away from local authorities and take their housing plans to illegal land barons.”

According to residents under the Chitungwiza Residents Trust banner, government was to blame for the emergence of land barons by it’s failure to present an effective housing policy that could be adopted by local authorities for implementation.

“In turn most local councils including Chitungwiza do not have a functional housing policy because the ministry has failed to provide a national housing policy to guide local authorities,” said Chitrest.

“That’s why there is chaos we are witnessing currently in Harare, Chitungwiza and other towns where cooperatives and land barons have taken advantage of the absence of a national housing policy to do as they please.”

13 Comments

  1. Government should publish the legal cooperatives in the press so that people will be aware of fake cooperatives. Its your duty Mr Chombo to protect citizens otherwise you are the one to blame for failed local authorities

  2. haisi mhosva yamaresidents.takatenga mastands kuchitungwz council ekunyatsime.tikabadarisw matop up ema9oo dollars asi hapana chatakawana.ukazoona cooperative inotenges mastands hauna choice nokuti chaunoda ndepokut mhuri iwane pokuisa musor.we were robbed by th bogus council n th gvnt remained quiet.who is a bogu here a council whch sell stands whch r nt there n a cooperative whch shows u a stand after paying n u start 2 build

  3. well said Samaita Nyatsime stands plz

  4. vacho vanenge vaneland chaiyo vanotsikirwa mapaper ekuti vaite maservice paland yacho nematsotsi azara muhurumende nyika yedu yaparara nehuwori it takkes years for a campony to be given a permit to develop their land whats that.

  5. I URGE THE MINISTER TO LOOK INTO RENT CHARGES BY LANDLORDS TO TENANTS. LANDLORDS ARE TAKING 70% OF OUR SALARIES. PLIZ THIS AREA NEEDS IMMEDIATE ATTENTION. WORKERS NEEDS A RELIEF, THEIR INCOMES ARE BEING TAKEN BY THESE LORDS, HENCE THE ESCALATING MUSHROOMING OF RESIDENTIAL AREAS EVERYWHERE AS THEY SEEK TO PROTECT THEIR HARD EARNED MONIES.

    1. That’s a point. Minister Chombo will receive 5STAR applaud from povo. Charges by landlords to tenants must be controlled by state otherwise efforts by government to reduce suffering of its people will be nothing if that area is not attended.

  6. BEWARE there is a bogus cooperative in Warren Park D which is taking peoples money prpmising them industrial stands..

  7. kwabhobho there is coperative with the name Tiritose varikupa vanu mastands illegaly u get a stand today if u dont put any structure when u return panenge patoiswa someone else u lose out imbovashanyirai maoffice avo ari cnr angwa and mandela pane eco bank 5th or 6th floor pliz help the people

  8. They seem to know each each coz, they are not being arrested yet well known-why then!!

  9. Ko Hello property developers iri genuine here nekuti takatengawo mastands ikoko

  10. But some of the worst fraudsters are duly registered companies eg Mutodi’s NHDT. Still the gvt is taking no action. Should we call it state sponsored fraud? Some of the cooperatives hide behind politics, well known in political circles but the gvt pays a blind eye. only to pay piecemeal attention after elections.

  11. ko how clean is SASO Housing Development Trust (ZTA House) irikupa mastands kwabhobho? They are also working together with Tongoville Housing Coop.

  12. Sure honourable Minister Chombo you have to protect the public from these bogus coop by publishing the lafe and genuine housing coops.set up a committe to monitor the operations of these coops so that they make real dvpments on the ground.truly ple are losing huge amounts of money to these coops.please sir help.ko nhai ko inonzi Low INCOME HOUSING Cooperative yakamira sei coz hapana zvavari kuita apa mari vachirova zvakaipa

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