BY KUDAKWASHE TAGWIREYI
ZIMBABWE signed a host country agreement with Nairobi based pan-African housing development financier to roll an ambitious project to construct 220 000 housing units to accelerate and promote and affordable human settlements
Shelter Afrique managing director Andrew Chimpondah and National Housing and Social Amenities Daniel Garwe signed the host country agreement during a press conference at Meikles hotel in Harare.
Chimpondah said the Nairobi based international organisation will assist in ‘accelerating financing of the project to provide affordable housing.’ for Africa.
“Our mission is to be the preeminent provider of financial solutions, budget solutions and research solutions that are geared towards resolving what we call a crisis in Africa. And we do that through the formation of smart strategic partnerships in order to achieve development impact and lead us to private-public partnerships” said Chimpondah.
Garwe said Shelter Afrique had promised to do digitised housing in Zimbabwe to replace the traditional methods of brick and mortar.
“Under the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS 1)220 housing units are expected to have been built by 2025 to address the current housing backlog of over 1.5 million on the backdrop of an ever increasing population,” Garwe said.
“This is going to benefit every citizen in Zimbabwe who does not have access to housing but this is not going to be free. There will be categories of the beneficiaries for those earning low income and those in the categories of widows and the retirement categories depending on the form of housing.”
Zimbabwe which has been a member of Shelter-Afrique since November 1993 will host the organisations’ 41st annual general meeting in Victoria Falls in June.