Conceptual designs for the new city in Mt Hampden have been tabled before cabinet and construction work for parliament building is set to resume within two months in the same area.
Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Cde July Moyo revealed the designs for the new city have since been presented to cabinet and will be open to scrutiny by both local and international planners for further technical input.
But in the mean time, while further deliberations and consultations on the conceptual designs may be taking place, construction of the new parliament building at the site of the proposed new city will go ahead, and is scheduled to kick start within the next two months.
Minister Moyo said the city will be a highly integrated and modern establishment and will encompass land from Harare, Mazowe and Zvimba.
He was addressing a workshop in Kadoma for local authorities on settlement of disputes between rural and urban councils, and urged the two tiers of local governance to follow the law in their planning.
“I have presented the conceptual designs for the new city to cabinet. Parliament building construction will start in 2 months time. The new city will be under the urban development corporation’s authority we want to put in a highly integrated modern city,” said Minister Moyo.
He added that settlers that have been fleeced by errant land developers will not be moved from their properties without due process having been followed.
“We want to assure settlers that we are aware of how they were fleeced by developers. We will not move them without following due process,” said Minister Moyo.
Minister of State for Mashonaland West Cde Webster Shamu, who also attended the workshop called for harmony between urban and local authorities and move from differences of the past.
“New dispensation calls for paradigm shift in approach in solving conflicts,” said Cde Shamu.
The workshop will see the local authorities come up with memoranda of understanding, guided by laws governing the running of councils.
Meanwhile, the local government ministry has handed over 30 Isuzu KB 250 vehicles to a similar number of district administrators from across the country.
Each province was allocated 3 vehicles, and those administrators with the greatest need were given preference.