Zanu PF Proportional Representation Member of Parliament for Matabeleland South Moli Mnkandla has lobbied the local government ministry to hand over the Hlalani Kuhle/Garikai houses to the beneficiaries.
Hon Mnkandla made these remarks in Parliament on Wednesday citing that some of the beneficiaries have been paying rates for the houses for years.
“There were houses which were constructed under the Hlalani Kuhle/Garikai and we have had people who are tenants in those houses paying for those houses since they were constructed,” said Hon. Mnkandla.
“What is Government policy? I am saying, it is time these houses are handed over to the people to own them because they have been paying for quite a long time”.
In response, the local government minister July Moyo said government was yet to conduct a title survey before handing over the houses to the beneficiaries.
A Land Title Survey is a comprehensive investigation and evaluation of significant factors affecting and influencing boundary locations, ownership lines, rights of way and easements within or immediately surrounding a certain lot, parcel or quantity of real estate.
“There are houses that were built under Garikai/Hlalani Kuhle. Those houses, in some cases, were built in areas which were not title surveyed and we are busy trying to make sure that where it has happened – I know that in Bulawayo and Beitbridge, we have some and we are busy trying to ensure that the planning is done and we engage people so that we can survey for title,” said Moyo.
In Bulawayo, the Garikayi/Hlalani Kuhle housing scheme was launched in Cowdray Park suburb in 2005 where more than 700 families benefited.