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Nyatsime litigation threatens to liquidate Chitown

Chitungwiza Municipality continues to be bombarded on a daily basis with litigation coming from the people who were offered these stands from the beneficiaries of that scheme who failed to take occupation of their stands, Some are coming to claim compensation

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THE looming threat of litigation from Nyatsime housing scheme saga beneficiaries has heavily exposed Chitungwiza municipality to bankruptcy, the acting housing director Chinganga has revealed in an exclusive interview with Zim Community News.

In 2005, Chitungwiza sold over 11 000 stands covering Braemer Farm (818 3586ha) and Longlands Farm (215,64ha) and due to overwhelming demand by beneficiaries, the municipality ended up subdiving the stands to create an additional 15 457 stands.

Through Statutory Instrument 211 of 2021, government later set up a six member joint committee, made up of three councillors each from Chitungwiza Municipality and Manyame Rural District Council to manage the six farms located in Ward 9.

The committee, which has powers of an urban authority, managed Braemer, Longlands, Cawdor, Edinburg, Tantallon and Dunnottar farms situated in ward 9 in the district of Seke in between the area administered by Chitungwiza Municipality and that administered by Manyame Rural.

Chinganga said along the way the joint committee stopped functioning after the then Local Government minister replaced it with Urdcorp after he felt that the joint committee was not equal to the task as some members were  pursuing self-interests.

He said the ministers decision, which created an administrative vacuum on the six farms turned into residential areas, particularly Longlands and Bremer, is threatening to get out of hand if it is not urgently attended to.

 “However, notwithstanding the absence of an administrative structure to effectively run the affairs of the six farms particularly Longlands and Bremer, Chitungwiza Municipality continues to be bombarded on a daily basis with litigation coming from the people who were offered these stands from the beneficiaries of that scheme who failed to take occupation of their stands, Some are coming to claim compensation.

“I would say the situation is not that good, it’s not rosy, this council risks going bankrupt, in fact one would say it’s technically bankrupt, because if all the people who were offered these stands were to come and launch  group litigation against council we will  be talking of millions of dollars which this council doesn’t have. So in a way the situation has exposed this council.

Three are four groups of people who have settled in the area; those allocated stands by Chitungwiza council, paid for them, and built houses and other structures without prior council approval.

We are going to publish Chitungwiza’s proposed solutions to resolve the Nyatsime housing saga after today’s full council meeting that is set to discuss the matter.

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Govt suspends urban land allocations

t is therefore imperative that an efficient and transparent system is put in place to ensure that Urban State Land plays a role in facilitating sustainable and functional developments.

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GOVERNMENT has temporarily suspended the allocation of State land until an efficient and transparent system that ensures urban State land is key in facilitating sustainable and functional developments is in operation.

According to a press statement issued by the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works, the moratorium will pave the way for the finalisation of the ongoing process that are reviewing and strengthening existing policy framework and guidelines on the administration and management of Urban State Land.

“In the interest of the public, the Government of Zimbabwe wishes to advise the nation of measures being put in place to enhance the administration and management of Urban State Land.

“The Ministry of Local Government and Public Works is mandated to administer, on behalf of His Excellency, the President, Cde Dr E.D. Mangagwa, Urban State Land, itself a finite heritage resource that is central to the national development thrust as espoused in the National Development Strategy 1 and Vision 2030.

The ministry implored stakeholders including the general public to be patient while the Ministry concludes the process.

“It is therefore imperative that an efficient and transparent system is put in place to ensure that Urban State Land plays a role in facilitating sustainable and functional developments.

“The Ministry therefore wishes to announce the imposition, with immediate effect, of a moratorium on allocation of Urban State Land until further notice.”

President Emmerson Mnangagwa recently  issued June 30 as the deadline for all local authorities to have approved master plans.

At that time only eight of 92 councils had approved plans, making it difficult for the rest of the local authorities to plan for the improvement and delivery of services.

Chitungwiza municipality was this week rescued by Prophet Walter Magaya who is funding the cash-strapped council’s master plan.

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Charamba dismisses ‘Icarus’ audios

‘No one should incite Government into breaking the law by diminishing ZEC’s status as a legal persona’

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PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s spokesperson George Charamba has distanced his principal and government  from leaked audios connected to Wicknell Chivayo, by  insinuating that the offensive name-dropping could have been a way to scare away other business partners following a fallout.

In the audios, a voice that is alleged to be that of Chivayo is bragging to have President Mnangagwa under his wings.

Responding under his X account that uses the pseudonym dhonzamusoro007, Charamba said  that such claims in the audios do not necessarily become true because they have been made .

He added that this smacks of a plot by detractors that is aimed at tarnishing the President’s name.

“WHAT INSANITY: You have business partners who dribble one another. In the ensuing fallout, one of them allegedly name-drops in order to scare away the rest.

On the whole, claims meant to intimidate others involved in a partnership so far away from the domain of Government, cannot be an issue for the President, his Office, or Government as a whole.

He called on the media to interview first Wicknell Chivayo, in order to authenticate the voice clip and to hear his side of the story?

“Why does one get the sense there is a determination to sow and cultivate mere tall claims whose relationship to the media-accused is yet to be proven, hoping that such claims will one day attach to the President, grow and mature into some nonexistent scandal enormous enough to trip him? Nothing can be more insane!”

Charamba added that that ZEC was an independent Commission protected by the law and no one should incite the Government into breaking the law by diminishing ZEC’s status as a legal persona.

“It enters into contracts as it sees fit, and in terms of the laws of the country. Government may not interfere in its decisions, without raising fundamental questions on the Commission’s independence.

“No one should incite Government into breaking the law by diminishing ZEC’s status as a legal persona.

“Besides, it cannot answer for itself. No one has approached it for a comment, in the current mad stampede to self-interview, and to become a self-appointed jury.

“Starlink is not a government parastatal and  Who it goes into partnership with is its business. Unless one is beside oneself, one cannot cite CDE Chivhayo’s deal with Starlink – whatever it is or amounts to – as evidence that he is being favored in the award and issuance of Government tenders.”

There is no Government in Starlink; there is no Govt tender either! His Excellency the President merely announced Government’s authorization of the service, after positive recommendations from a Cabinet Committee set up to advise Government on the prudence or otherwise of allowing the satellite service in the country.

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Chitown, Prophet Magaya smoke peacepipe

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Prophet Walter Magaya has constructed Heart Stadium in Harare.

By ALBERT MASAKA

Chitungwiza Municipality has begun the process of preparing a master plan for the local authority after smoking the peace pipe with one of its biggest private investors since independence, Wistmer Investment.

This follows last night’s meeting that was held at council chambers between councillors and a delegation from Wistmer fronted by Prophet Walter Magaya.

Chitungwiza has been operating without a master plan, a situation that has made it difficult for the council to provide functional town planning and service delivery to residents.

According to today’s statement issued by the Chitungwiza acting town clerk Japson Nemuseso council is going to urgently hold master plan consultative meetings in the community.

“Please welcome our team for the master plan which will be in recognisable bibs.

“We are going to work 24/7 to meet the June 30 deadline and we are confident of doing so.”

Nemuseso added that the preparation of Chitungwiza’s master plan follows a council Resolution number 14, which was passed at the 463rd Ordinary Council Meeting held on March 13, 2020.

Two stakeholder consultation meetings were then held on August 30 and 31, 2022 at Margolis Resort and September 22 the same year at Aquatic Complex with the assistance of the Harare Metropolitan Provincial office.

The cash-strapped council is battling to meet the June 30 deadline set by President Emmerson Mnangagwa for all local authorities in the country to have master plans in place.

The municipality’s last hope was with Prophet Magaya, who also hails from Chitungwiza.

Magaya’s company Wistmer has offered to fund a comprehensive 10-year development master plan  aimed at creating a smart and green city centres

The master plan is  anchored on nine key essential sectors. The goal is to change Chitungwiza into a self-sustaining modern city.

Wist­mer Invest­ments has also proposed to under­take projects, includ­ing the build­ing of infra­struc­ture, refur­bish­ment of Chibuku Sta­dium and the devel­op­ment of a mas­ter ­plan for Chitung­w­iza and Man­yame.

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