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Checheche working towards town status

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CHECHECHE growth point in Chipinge is set to be transformed into a town soon as the local authority seeks to leverage on growth largely spurred by the Chisumbanje ethanol project.

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As part of the programme, Chipinge Rural District Council has already engaged eight private land developers to roll out more than 3 000 residential stands at the bustling business growth point.

One of the developers, Zimbabwe Amalgamated Housing Association (Zaha), last week held a ground-breaking ceremony for 500 medium-density residential stands at the site.

Speaking at the event, Chipinge South MP Enock Porusingazi (Zanu PF) urged new investors to create employment for local youths.

“Checheche must no longer be the same old centre as we know it. I am working with these developers to ensure that this area attains town status,” Porusingazi said.

“We strongly encourage Zaha and other developers to sub-contract our local people in order to develop the area,” he said.

Zimbabwe Local Government Association chief executive Rodgers Mozhenty said the growth point’s approval to town status would boost the fortunes of the local economy.

“We need the centre (Checheche) to grow to the status of a town and this can only come through the co-operation of citizens like you,” he said.

Zaha director Killer Zivhu said the organisation remained committed to facilitating housing delivery in a sustainable manner. He said a lot of people were being duped into paying for non-existent stands by dubious co-operatives around the country.

“We don’t require anyone’s money in the first instance. We develop the land allocated to us, sort out water and reticulation, grading and development of the roads, then afterwards sell the stands to clients,” he said.

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