Disgruntled Victoria Falls residents have invaded serviced residential stands accusing the municipality of double standards and taking long to resolve the ownership wrangle of the concerned land near Mfelandawonye suburb.
The bitter prospective home owners who are members of the consortium launched in 2008 said they have had enough of the council’s alleged double standards and failure to give a concrete way forward regarding the BC847 housing scheme.
The residents said there are unhappy with the council’s decision to sell the land to a local financial institution and failure to come up with the alternative land given the fact that the prospective home owners made some contribution towards the servicing of the land.
Chairman of the consortium, Mr Demas Chimuna said the decision to invade the serviced land stems from the failure of the council to address the concerns of the residents.
The residents who had some offer letters of the low cost residential scheme said they cannot afford the new requirements being proposed by the financial institution and vowed to stay put on the land.
in a telephone interview Victoria Falls Mayor Sifiso Mpofu said the decision to invade the land is illegal adding that the move goes against the tripartite engagements which are currently being done to come up with a win-win situation.
According to the Mayor a meeting between the aggrieved residents’ representatives and the council officials was held on Friday the 23rd of this month to try and come up with a workable solution to the matter.