Government has disbursed devolution funds for the housing construction programme for building flats in places such as Mbare in Harare, Makokoba in Bulawayo, and Sakubva in Mutare and other cities.
Last year, government, through the Ministry of Finance and Economic development allocated funds to be shared among the 10 provinces based on a number of factors such as poverty levels in all rural districts, quality of infrastructure and size of population.
Speaking at the post cabinet briefing, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said financial instruments which will encourage the private sector to participate in infrastructural development are being designed, particularly for housing.
“Existing urban regeneration programmes are being revived for building flats in places such as Mbare in Harare, Makokoba in Bulawayo, and Sakubva in Mutare and other cities.
In future, up to 40% of all housing settlements in urban areas will follow the high-rise model for densification which frees land for industries, schools, clinics, recreational centres and other social development aspects,” she said.
The housing construction programmes seeks to correct illegal distribution of land without proper planning and provide shelter for the homeless in Zimbabwe.
Last year, Harare City Council, demolished houses in areas like Budiriro 5 after facing a rise in illegal settlements which have emerged as land barons have parcelled out land without proper planning and approval.
“In addition, Government is in the process of deploying to all provinces personnel with the requisite skills in physical planning, infrastructure development and environmental management,” Mutsvangwa said.
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