Some 400 households, beneficiaries of the Garikai Hlalani Khuhle housing project are to finally have sewer and water facilities 15 years after the housing project was launched.
The project is being spearheaded by Masvingo City Council which has budgeted $3.8m under the 2020 budget.
As an interim measure, the families had improvised by constructing Blair toilets, but most have turned to open defecation as the Blair toilets had outrun their life span.
The housing project came as at the turn of century following the government’s Operation Murambatsvina which left thousands homeless, in a crackdown which was meant to get rid of illegal structures that were sprouting around cities, without approval.
As a measure to appease the affected citizens, the government then introduced the Garakai Housing Project and allocated two-roomed houses each to the affected people.
Besides being riddled with corruption and nepotism, it was hijacked by some politicians and used a weapon (see video above).
Over the years, the beneficiaries were at loggerheads with Masvingo City Council who wanted the beneficiaries to vacate the area as their houses were built on a piece of land not designed for residential purposes.
The city fathers have since had a change of heart and decided to incorporate the project into the city’s development plan.
“The project is in the 2020 Budget. Hopefully, the Council will raise enough funds to do the work and we have budgeted RTGS$ 3,850,000 excluding off-site infrastructure,” Masvingo Town Clerk Edward Mukaratirwa said.