CASH-STRAPPED Chitungwiza Municipality is selling 50 core houses in Seke to sitting tenants in a deal that is expected to bring in $328 160.
BY PAIDAMOYO MUZULU
Chitungwiza has been failing to pay creditors resulting in many of its immovable property being attached for auctioning.
The municipality, through acting town clerk Charity Maunga, gave a notice of the intended sale.
“Notice is hereby given, in terms of section 152(2) of the Urban Councils Act, that it is the intention of the Municipality of Chitungwiza to offer for sale the following houses which are in Unit ‘N’ Seke as listed hereunder, to sitting tenants,” she said.
The cheapest of the houses is being sold for $5 075 while the most expensive is pegged at $8 900.
The municipality is calling for objections from residents for the next 21 days before it finalises the sale.
“Any person who objects to the proposal by the Municipality of Chitungwiza to offer for sale the houses to sitting tenants from any of the above-stated houses may lodge such objections in writing with the undersigned within a period of 21 days from the date of the last publication of this notice in a newspaper,” it added.
In the last three months, council property has been attached thrice by creditors who include Metbank, retrenched workers and Nissam Investments.
Metbank said it was owed $600 000 by Chitungwiza after it failed to allocate stands in the Nyatsime project despite receiving payment from the bank in 2009.
The parties have now agreed to a repayment plan where the council pays money owed in monthly instalments.
Nissam, a project consultant company, is owed $4,5 million for designs of the Nyatsime project done in 2007, but have not been paid for.
The property was last Friday saved when President Robert Mugabe stopped the attachment of the property.