A PRIVATE property developer, Mzee Properties, has unveiled a new housing project targeting to develop 3 000 residential stands and ease the town’s housing backlog which currently stands at 11 000 applicants.
BY JAIROS SAUNYAMA
Speaking during the groundbreaking ceremony at Gaza Farm about 10km outside Marondera early this week, Mzee Properties director Petronella Muzeze said the $2 million project would be carried out in two phases with the first phase targeting 6 000 stands.
“We had a deal with a local farm owner who availed land to us for the project. For the 160-hectare piece of land we secured, a total of 3 000 stands ranging between 200 square metres and 2000 square metres are available to home seekers,” Muzeze said.
“The second phase of the project will kick-start in December this year when we launch another 160ha for
3 000 more stands to the people. This housing project will go a long way in reducing the housing backlog in Marondera as required by the economic blueprint ZimAsset,” she said.
Speaking during the same event, Zanu PF Mashonaland East provincial secretary for administration Lawrence Katsiru hailed the housing project.
“This town has a housing backlog of about 11 000 and now that this project will provide 3 000 stands, it is now the duty of the council to do the same and meet the housing demand in this town. Recently I spoke to Minister Saviour Kasukuwere (Local Government) about the housing problems here and government has promised to avail more land for stands,” Katsiru said.
Government recently gave Marondera Town Council land at Shepperton Farm where 1 000 stands are set to be allocated to home seekers.
Of the 1 000 units, 300 have been reserved for police officers and 100 for civil servants based in the town.