Govt forges ahead with issuing title deeds in new settlements
Harare (New Ziana) – The government has completed the aerial mapping of several urban settlements in Harare, Mutare, Bulawayo and Masvingo, paving way for the processing of tittle deeds for deserving beneficiaries, a Cabinet Minister said on Tuesday.
Acting Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Jenfan Muswere said this was part of the Enhanced Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Management Programme initiated by government to provide relief to distressed households in dysfunctional, illegal and irregular settlements, including those settled on wetlands and flood-prone areas.
“Government is also mapping urban settlements against approved layout plans in order to pave way for the issuance of title deeds to deserving beneficiaries. Cabinet is pleased to announce that the mapping of Caledonia, Hopley, Saturday Retreat, Cowdray Park, Gimboki (Mutare), Karoi and Victoria Ranch (Masvingo) has been completed, while the mapping of Eyrecourt Farm is underway,” he said in a post Cabinet briefing.
“The exercise to process title deeds for Caledonia is on course, with 7 523 beneficiaries being targeted under Phases 1 to 3, and 925 stand owners have started the process of acquiring title deeds for their properties.
“Government is using new technology spearheaded by the Zimbabwe National Geo-Spatial Agency (ZINGSA), in order to expedite the mapping exercise and, therefore, the issuance of title deeds. The issuance will proceed simultaneously with provision of basic infrastructure and services.”
Muswere said under the disaster management programme, road construction and rehabilitation, particularly in urban areas was also being carried out.
Furthermore, he said, robust action was being taken on land and space barons by a special taskforce which has accelerated the apprehension and prosecution of culprits.
“In terms of the scourge of land barons, Cabinet highlights that efforts have been intensified to prosecute offenders. A total of 347 arrests were made, and 91 cases are before the courts, while 57 have since been finalised, with 6 convictions having been made. Investigations have been intensified, and government takes this opportunity to assure the nation that all offenders will be brought to book and that no-one is above the law,” he said.
To address the concerns of households on planned settlements, including lack of adequate basic amenities, Muswere said initial focus would be on sixteen Garikai/Hlalani Kuhle settlements identified countrywide for immediate infrastructural development.
“To that end, the official hand-over of the Lupane Local Board Garikai/Hlalani Kuhle site to the contractor was done by the Ministry of National Housing and Social Amenities on the 2nd of May, 2022.”
Meanwhile, Muswere said the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme 2 (ERRP 2) was progressing well.
In Masvingo Province, he said, construction of the Ngomahuru piped drift (bridge), which was washed away by incessant rains, is almost complete, while construction of the Dewure culvert, which is on the Gutu-Buhera Road, was also nearly finished.
“In Mashonaland West Province, re-sealing of the Chakari Road in Chegutu District is almost complete. In Matabeleland North Province, construction of the 178 metre-long Somgolo Bridge, which links the communal settlers and farmers in Lupane and Tsholotsho, is progressing as scheduled. In the Midlands Province, construction of the Phoenix Dam Bridge, which also acts as a dam wall, is set to be complete by 30 July, 2022.
“In Mashonaland Central Province the Matepatepa Mountain-side Road is under construction. The Bindura-Matepatepa Road is a strategic road that links farms, mines and Bindura Hospital to Bindura and Mt Darwin. The resurfacing of the Camperdown Road is progressing well. This is a major road that links the low-density areas with the Central Business District in Mt Darwin,” he said.