zim house.jpgBeneficiaries of the Nyatsime Housing Scheme in Chitungwiza are up in arms with the local authority which is demanding top up payments on paid up members for stands which are neither pegged nor serviced.

A showdown is looming between the Municipality of Chitungwiza and the beneficiaries of Nyatsime Housing Scheme as the local authority is demanding another payment of between US$900 to US$1200 by the end of this month despite the fact that by 2008 most of the members had fully paid what they owed the council.


The beneficiaries have papers confirming that they are fully paid up, offer letters as well as lease agreements. Chairman of the Nyatsime Housing scheme Mr. John Matinyenya said the members are not able to meet the set deadline and the council has cheated them.


“We paid our contributions in 2008 and now the town council is demanding another top up in United States dollars with a deadline of the 31 first of May, that is cruel and we think the council is trying to displace us,” said Matinyenya.


The housing schemes treasurer Mrs. Alice Matambo urged the Minister of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development Dr Ignatius Chombo to institute investigations into the operations of the Chitungwiza Municipality which is riddled with corruption.


“We appealing to government to intervene because we are being ripped of by the council. We paid money which was difficult to get but we had tp sacrifice,” said Matambo.


The beneficiaries paid between 30 million to 60 million Zimbabwean dollars for 300 and 600 squares meters respectively and have all the documents which confirm it. Efforts to get a comment from Chitungwiza Municipality Town Clerk Mr. Godfrey Tanyanyiwa were fruitless.