Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe has called on the private sector to join government and members of the public in building decent houses.
President Mugabe was speaking when he officially opened five blocks of flats in the Willowvale section of Highfield.
Cde Mugabe highlighted the need for private public partnership saying government alone cannot do much.
“We are still very far from satisfying the urban housing demand, hence employers, private companies and individuals should come together and partner government in providing decent housing.
“This Willowvale housing project is indeed a welcome gesture, it develops Harare and Highfield in particular. Highfield is a place rich with our history and should therefore be developed,” said President Mugabe.
The Minister of National Housing and Social Amenities, Mr. Giles Mutsekwa said they have put all measures in place to make sure the intended beneficiaries get the houses.
In the 2011 budget government allocated US$25 million as a revolving fund to the housing sector which has seen government engaging in a number of projects with one of them being the Willowvale project.
Under the project, 20% of the flats were allocated to civil servants who are supposed to pay US$3 600 deposit and pay the balance over 20 years.