Published On: Tue, Jan 10th, 2017

Zhuwao unveils massive housing scheme ahead of 2018 elections

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Simon Munyoro

Youth Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Minister ,Patrick Zhuwao has unveiled plans to launch a massive housing scheme to cater for the youths in Zimbabwe in a move speculated by many as meant to hoodwink the youths into voting for Zanu-pf party as Zimbabweans brace for the 2018 “dog eat dog” national elections.  

Briefing journalists in Harare today Zhuwao said that his ministry was working flat out to ensure that youths live a decent lifestyle.

“We have identified Denoda farm just outside Chitungwiza and we plan to embark on a massive housing project which will cover 15 000 families.Having realised that as youth we do not have enough money to purchase housing stands and pay  for our rentals at the same time ,I thought of establishing a rent to buy scheme,”he said.

Zhuwao added that inadequacy of funds was stifling the project but remained optimistic that before year end the ground will be running.

However sources who spoke to Zimbabwe Newsday said they could not rule out that the scheme is one of those projects meant to brainwash the youths and as usual nothing will materialize.

“These plans are coming from the very minister who was very vocal soon after the Murambatsvina  massive housing demolitions which took place in around 2005. Zhuwao was in the forefront exhibiting housing maps in Hopley but nothing materialised. Now he is back again targeting the youths but I doubt that the project will see the light of the day,” said one analyst who preferred anonymity.