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    Land Commission descends on Gwanda

    • Visits another ZNA housing scheme run by Benjamin Musara


    The commissioners meeting stakeholders in Gwanda on Monday.


    GWANDA - The Commission of Inquiry into the sale of State land in and around urban areas since 2005 descended on the town of Gwanda on Monday and visited housing schemes including an Army scheme being developed by Benjamin Musara.
    The Commissioners were not happy that there was no power on the schemes that they visited and the quality of tar on the roads was not durable.
    They also noted that due processes was not followed during the allocation of the land.
    The two farms visited by the Commission are Doelfontein where Musara is doing the army scheme of hundres of stands under a company called Hydraben, and Judds Farm where Forit construction is carrying out the development work.
    Previously the Commission visited two schemes under Musara in Masvingo and they questioned a deal between him and the Army which involved over $1,5 million. 
     Provincial Planning officer for Mat South, Ben Mashati led the Commission on the tour. 
    Gwanda municipality town Engineer Phakamile Ndebele said water, sewer and some roads have already been completed on the projects but the Commission was not happy that there was no electricity.
    “Where do you expect the residents to get energy for cooking? This is going to be a disaster because all these beautiful trees which you see here will be destroyed and turned into firewood. You should work hand in hand with the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) so that you have a complete package for the beneficiaries,” said Commissioner Andrew Mlalazi.
    “Why is it that there are gravel roads at this site? These roads will not last for a long time. The quality of the tarred road is also not impressive,” said Commissioner Petronella Musarurwa.
    Commissioner Mlalazi also questioned the town‘s capacity to deal with raw sewer which will be generated from the new suburb.
    “When we were coming here I discovered raw sewer spilling near the river. I am just wondering if the system will be able to cope up with when this suburb is commissioned,” he said.
    Forit is yet to distribute the stands.
    The commission will be holding public court hearings on land in Bulawayo this week.

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