giles mutsekwa.jpgThe Ministry of National Housing and Social Amenities says the housing projects which were undertaken with resources allocated through the special drawing rights will be commissioned next month as most of the houses are at different stages of completion.

 

The ministry, which was allocated US$25 million for housing development from the fiscus has already used US$10 million in construction projects in Kwekwe and Harare.

 

Minister Giles Mutsekwa said the projects are expected to be commissioned by next month as they are now at various stages of completion.

 

“We embarked on construction projects using funds allocated top us from the special drawing rights and I am happy to announce that these projects will be commissioned by next month,” said Mr Mutsekwa.

 

Chipinge is among the rural areas that are set to benefit from the allocated resources to improve housing development for the remote parts of the country.

 

Meanwhile, Local Government, Rural and Urban Development Secretary, Mr Killion Mupingo says there is need for the country to adopt the concept of vertical development in housing like the trend globally as the country now has limited space for housing expansion.

 

“As a nation, vertical construction is the way to go because we now have limited space to construct more housing units,” said Mr Mupingo.

 

The housing ministry has so far constructed flats in Highfields and Dzivarasekwa in Harare as well as Mbizo in Kwekwe.

According to the ministry, plans are underway for another project in Mutare’s Chikanga suburbs.

 

In the past 10 years, Zimbabwe has not invested significantly in housing infrastructure such as off-site services which has affected urban growth resulting in serious cases of overcrowding.

The estimated housing backlog in Zimbabwe’s 29 major urban centers currently stands at 542 630.