Prisca Manyiwa in Kwekwe
Kwekwe City Council is set to demolish a block of houses in Mbizo 7’s single quarters in a bid to facelift the area by building better structures, Acting Kwekwe Town Clerk Lucia Mkandla has revealed.
Speaking to H-Metro in a telephone interview, Mkandla revealed that the council is carrying out a project to upgrade Mbizo 7 by demolishing dilapidated houses and building new structures.
However, she did not divulge the exact targeted areas in the singles blocks.
“There is an ongoing project to upgrade Mbizo 7 whereby the council will demolish some rooms there and build better structures.
“Those who will be affected by the operation shall be relocated to other areas where we are building houses for them,” said Mkandla.
However, Mbizo 7 residents have queried the council’s operations since they only learnt about the project through social media and they are yet to receive formal communication from the city fathers.
“I do not understand how the council operates because I only learnt about this new project through WhatsApp and I am yet to receive formal communication.
“We have been staying here for a longtime with our families and indeed our houses need to be developed but council should tell us on time,” said one of the residents who declined to be named.
Initially, when the singles apartment blocks were built many years ago, they were meant to accommodate singles working in the industry.
However, the arrangement changed as the area is now densely populated with families and some are converting the single room into two rooms. The blocks have about three to four rooms using one bathroom facility.
Four years ago, council demolished a block of houses in Mbizo 7 and they relocated the families to Mbizo 22.