housing cooperatives.jpgOver 2000 families in Whitecliff South in the Zvimba East Constituency are facing eviction if they fail to pay US$1000 which is being demanded by the Ministry of Housing and Social Amenities for the allocation of stands.

More than 3500 families residing in Whitecliff farm and were given offer letters by government in 2005.

Due to the residential area’s location, government has said it can only be low density area and has pegged 1300 stands.

Last week, government through the Ministry of Housing and Social Amenities demanded US$1000 from the residents and gave them up to the 20th of September to pay or face eviction.

Residents who spoke to ZBC News said the money that was being demanded was out of their reach as they are low income earners.

“The money is just too much and we do not know where the authorities expect us to get this amount from,” said one worried Whitecliff resident.

Legislator for the constituency, Cde Patrick Zhuwao said pegging 1300 stands is not reasonable and questioned how government is planning to accommodate the remaining residents.

He implored the Ministry of Housing and Social Amenities to reconsider and take into account the plight of the poor residents.

Residents say they mobilised their own resources to clear roads and hiring surveyors.

Sources say the ministry took the decision to turn the place into a low density area due to the reason that it is far from the main sewer line.

Efforts to get a comment for the responsible ministry were fruitless due to weekend commitments.