It is illegal to construct houses on unserviced lots, says Housing Minister
Daniel Garwe, Minister of Housing and Social Amenities, stated that local governments should provide housing stands to home searchers in properly serviced regions.
Speaking at the launch of the Hopelyn Housing scheme in Bulawayo recently, Garwe said it is now a jailable offence to build a house before infrastructure such as roads, functioning water and sewer systems have been put in place. Garwe stated:
Going forward, we will ensure that on-site and off-site infrastructure is available before any house is erected.
Building a house before the services are provided is now a jailable offence. I have no apologies to make for that statement.
It’s criminal for local authorities to allow people to build on virgin land.
Garwe said his ministry was playing its role by assisting banks, investors and local authorities to deliver housing to citizens.
Zimbabwe has an estimated 1.5 million housing backlog.
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