MARONDERA- With most people finding it difficult to own residential stands in urban
areas owing to bottlenecks and councils running out of land, hundreds people
converged at Mbuya Nehanda Hall in Marondera where they were addressed by
leaders of Homeseekers4ED, an affiliate of the ruling Zanu PF party.
The organisation, which will be launched at national level later this month, is now the
only hope for those seeking residential stands of their own as they have been
registered to benefit once land for that purpose has been identified.
Most of the home seekers who have been on the Munipality of Marondera’s housing
waiting list deliberated on several issues that included the identification of land lying
idle yet suitable for residential purposes.
Marondera has a housing waiting list of nearly 20 000 people.
Homeseekers4ED national vice-chairperson Farai Nyandoro, a former Mayor for
Marondera, was impressed by the overwhelming response they have been receiving
from those who want to be allocated affordable residential stands.
“As Homeseekers4ED, we have been overwhelmed by the response that we have
been getting. It is clear that people are fed up by opposition parties’ cheap politicking
and are eager to have something tangible of their owner, residential stands to be
“Opposition parties that usually win in the urban areas have been weaponising land
and creating artificial shortages. We want that trend to be addressed. Over and
above, we are lobbying for Government to take over the allocation of stands. The
opposition-run councils have failed in that regard because of the current corruption,
sexism, favouritism and nepotism in the allocation of stands.
“President (Emmerson) Mnangagwa always says that no place and no one should
be left behind and we are creating a database to keep the records of those people
who are in genuine need of residential stands,” Nyandoro said.
Homeseekers4ED has since been launched in Chitungwiza, Norton, Chegutu,
Mabvuku and Epworth, among other places.
Shelter is a fundamental human right as enshrined in the United Nations Charter and
the International Convention on Human Rights.
Meanwhile, Nyandoro reiterated that the electorate should give President
Mnangagwa another mandate to rule the country in the August 23 harmonised polls.
“President Mnangagwa has proved to all and sundry that he is a listening President
with the country’s best interests at heart. He deserves another chance to rule so that
he completes that projects that were started by the Second Republic. A lot of
developmental and infrastructural projects have been carried out. Roads, bridges,
dams, schools, health institutions and other amenities have either been constructed
or rehabilitated,” Nyandoro said.