The government says it is committed to assist residents in Harare regularise their settlements amid concerns that structures in the city are built on undesignated land.

Budiriro residents are up and arms with the City of Harare due to various challenges they are facing among them water problems and payment of rates.

Addressing residents in Budiriro, the Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province Cde Miriam Chikukwa said her office will assist residents in addressing the challenges that include regularisation of their stands.

“We have challenges of regularisation, and payment of debts among others. The main purpose of this meeting is for the City of Harare to respond to the challenges of residents and the government to come up with a solution,” said Cde Chikukwa.

Divisional Head Housing and Community Service Department for City of Harare Funny Machipisa said the issue of regularisation is taking long because of unregistered cooperatives and illegal settlements on wetlands.

“Some residents have been allocated on settlements reserved for schools and other areas are wetlands which is illegal,” Machipisa said.

The government is committed to address challenges being faced by residents in Harare with clear indications that an imminent launch of command housing is on the cards.