Nyore Madziyanike Herald Reporter
Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Cde Saviour Kasukuwere yesterday said there was urgent need to build more housing units for residents staying in Geneva, Highfield, in Harare.
Cde Kasukuwere said this after visiting cluster houses in Geneva, Highfield’s poorest residential area, where residents expressed concern over their living conditions.
Residents complained of poor service delivery and lack of proper accommodation, among other things.
Each cluster house accommodates at least three families, who might be sharing the same kitchen and toilets.
“I will try from tomorrow, together with council; we might need to build more housing units here,” said Cde Kasukuwere. “I have seen houses where people are staying here in Geneva.
“I have also seen that people have been paying $37 for a very small house. If all that money which had been paid was put to good use, the council would have built a lot of houses. Secondly, if we could get borrowing powers, we could built more houses for the people.
“We have realised that people need accommodation and they are prepared to pay the money.”
Cde Kasukuwere challenged authorities in Highfield to make progress towards building more housing units in the area.
“I am grateful that I have been given this opportunity to have a look at how people are staying in Geneva,” he said. “I have seen that there is a serious water problem, toilets are not working and there are a lot of children staying here and those that are being born.
“There could be an outbreak of cholera at any time. What should we do then, lets meet council and we need to see progress within a short period of time.”
Cde Kasukuwere reminded the residents of Highfield to vote for leaders with people at heart who could act on their concerns.
Cde Psychology Maziwisa, the Member of Parliament for Highfield West and other Zanu-PF members were part of the delegation.