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Illegal Settled Residents To Benefit From Devolution Funds

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Illegal Settled Resident To Benefit From Devolution Funds
By Post Cabinet Media Brief/Staff Report
Cabinet received a progress report on the identification and quantification of all irregular and dysfunctional settlements in local authorities and on wetlands which was presented by Honourable Vice President C.G.D.N Chiwenga as Chairman of the Enhanced Cabinet Committee on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Management.
Cabinet was informed that the process of producing a masterplan of all ecologically sensitive areas has started.
Technical teams comprising experts from the Zimbabwe Geospatial and Space Agency and the Environmental Management Agency in collaboration with the relevant Ministries are expected to take about two and half months to complete the mapping exercise.
Similarly, the delineation of the country’s wetlands has already started.
A National Wetlands Policy has been prepared as part of the wider strategy to protect the country’s multi-faceted habitats and ensure sustainable management of the natural environment and resources.
On the identification and quantification of households in irregular and dysfunctional settlements, including in flood-prone areas, Cabinet was informed that the verification process is underway and should be completed in the coming ten days.
Care is being exercised to ensure that only deserving beneficiaries are registered for relocation.
The first category is of families currently illegally settled dangerously on land.
These will be relocated as soon as the identified destinations have been prepared and equipped with services, in order to pave way for the demolition of their illegal structures.
The second category shall be for those families settled on land suitable for urban development but which requires regularisation and the provision of basic municipal services.
Cabinet wishes to inform the nation that devolution funds will be used for the housing construction programme.
Financial instruments which will encourage the private sector to participate in infrastructural development are being designed, particularly for housing.
Existing urban regeneration programmes are being revived for building flats in places such as Mbare in Harare, Makokoba in Bulawayo, and Sakubva in Mutare and other cities.
In future, up to 40% of all housing settlements in urban areas will follow the high-rise model for densification which frees land for industries, schools, clinics, recreational centres and other social development aspects.
In addition, Government is in the process of deploying to all provinces personnel with the requisite skills in physical planning, infrastructure development and environmental management.

Robert Tapfumaneyi

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