Manyame Rural District Council (RDC) has started working on providing basic services to residents of Murisa through the provision of roads, water and sewer reticulation.

The provision of basic services at the former communal area popularly known as Ziko which has been turned into an urban settlement after massive illegal sale of land by traditional leaders and land barons has started with a 3km main road which links the area to the Harare-Wedza highway.

Manyame RDC Chief Executive Officer Mrs Farirayi Guta and Engineer Benjamin Bara appraised a team from the province which was on a tour of the project that work has already commenced and is expected to be complete by mid-year.

The Murisa project came after recommendations from a government audit in 2013 which recommended that council re-organise the affected villages into urban planning.

Ten villages were wholly or partially absorbed into urban planning and so far a total of 8 500 stands have been approved and pegged with 7 750 having already been offered to occupants.

The re-organisation of Murisa area comes at a time the government has established a commission of inquiry led by Justice Tendai Uchena to look into the illegal sale of state land since 2005.