Kasukuwere sticks to his guns on land ban for housing co-ops

THE LOCAL Government ministry will not relent on not giving land to housing co-operatives and will only work with Udcorp and councils despite protests from the Small-to-Medium Enterprises Development ministry, as tension within government intensifies.

BY MOSES MATENGA

Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere told journalists yesterday, on the sidelines of a workshop organised by his ministry in the capital that although co-operatives belonged to the Ministry of Small to Medium Enterprises, headed by Sithembiso Nyoni, his ministry was in charge of giving out land and would not do that to housing co-operatives.

“Where we are coming from, we looked at them (housing co-operatives) as dangerous, as they had led to land barons. So the minister is right in her statute books on that one, (but) they are not limited to housing co-operatives. Where we provide land, we are no longer providing land to housing co-operatives. We will give land to councils and recognised urban development companies. Housing co-operatives have given us serious problems,” he said.

kasukuwere Saviour Kasukuwere

Kasukuwere has often blamed housing co-operatives for fuelling illegal settlements.

On allowances to councillors, he said: “We have looked at them and in some instances, you find that councillors were finding reason for corruption. We are finding ways to dissuade them from abusing ratepayers’ money, unnecessary trips out of town and out of the country. From now on, any councillor found wanting will, therefore, face the boot.

“No more to those allowances that councillors where taking advantage of. No more travel outside town on seminar business to be met by council. In fact, we have placed a ban on all travel outside of town at the expense of council.”

Last week, while responding to the ban on housing co-operatives as announced by Local Government deputy minister Christopher Chingosho, Nyoni said: “I administer the Act and, at the end of the day, I am the one in charge and if I do not pronounce a change that comes either through Parliament or Government Gazette, any utterances on that matter are null and void.”

8 Responses to Kasukuwere sticks to his guns on land ban for housing co-ops

  1. Member February 23, 2016 at 6:57 am #

    Thank you, Hon Kasukuwere!

  2. Jaluo February 23, 2016 at 8:47 am #

    Well done Hon Kasukuwere.

  3. chidhura February 23, 2016 at 8:57 am #

    mbavha kwamutare dzirikuramba kuti ma coops abhanwe nekuti varikuda kuramba vachinanzva mari dzevarombo.kunyanya president vemacoop inyoka chaiyo inoruma nokuti even mari dzakambodyiwa nevatungamiri vemacoop havana nguva yokumbodzitsvaga kuti dzakafamba sei zvinoreva kuti vaidya vose.vakasukuwere kanzu yemutare makaibata uyai mubatezve vakuru vemacoop pamwe nevamwe vakuru vakuru mari dzakadyiwa kwamutare uye vamwe vakatorerwa mastand mari dzichiiswa muhomwe dzawo isu tichidya nhoko dzezvironda asi hapana akambobatwa nehuori uhu

  4. chap February 23, 2016 at 10:27 am #

    Thank you Mr Kasukuwere, but action on the ground is very slow. Looks to me council employees are too reluctant to do their duties as they were benefiting from these cooperatives. I am very much un happy with the slow pace at which responsible DISTRICT OFFICERS and Councilors are giving help to we the affected people.
    May you kindly send responsible audit team to address us in MUZARIRI HOUSING COOPERATIVE in Budiriro 5B. A lot of us have spent a fortune to put up standard houses, but there is an un resolved issue of an OFFER LETTER. We have been prediduced of our hard earned cash buying stands for not less than USD 10 000/ 300m2. Toendepi munyika yababa, mari yakawanda iyi, haasi maZIM DOLLAR, USD.
    We were served with letters to vacate our pieces of land and nothing is forth coming from the so called Cooperative Leaders to address the situation as per council instruction.
    Waiting for answers.

  5. MUCHINJA February 23, 2016 at 10:51 am #

    Thanks CDE, You got it right. Kwete vange varipo before you? Keep it up our young Minister who is bringing Sanity mu H-Town. After that chase away mushika-shika. I saw an elderly woman being knocked down by a pirate taxi going thru a red robbot pa gulf. Thus your next priority cde.

  6. Harare North February 23, 2016 at 2:21 pm #

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH MR KASUKUWURE UPHOLDED BY VICTIMS OF LAND BARONS MAIDS AND GARDNERS IN BORROWDALE LOST MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM THESE LAND BARONS

    AFTER ALL HARARE NORTH HOUSING COOPERATIVE SWINDLED $4,000.000.00USD FROM UNSUSPECTING WHO ARE NOW ON THE RECIEVING END BCZ THEY WILL BE EVICTED SOON OR LATER BY THE COURTS AND THESE MEMBERS OF THESE COOPERATIVES HAD THE GUTS TO BUILT HOUSES WITHOUT SITE PLANS AND UNAPPROVED HOUSING PLAN.

    HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN SOMEONE BUILDING 8 ROOMS WITH AN UNAPPROVED PLAN BCZ CHAIRMAN VATI VAKA ANOUYA ACHIKUBVUNZA REFER THEM TO ME.

  7. Harare North February 23, 2016 at 2:27 pm #

    Mrs Chikukwa when she came into office in Chombos days promised to clean the house she seems to be overwhelmed also bcz we have never heard kuti she has visited areas of concern since her appointment so please minister wake her up she has to do her job pane kungono mirira president ku airport kana vachiend nekubuda munyika she must be serious

  8. wezhira February 23, 2016 at 4:46 pm #

    Thanks sekuru for the job well done! Housing co-operatives is not the only venture these co-operatives should consider. They should look into other ventures other house. Land is a finite commodity and therefore should in responsible hands. Once more well done!!!

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