Government and civil servants yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding that paves way for the implementation of the residential stands scheme being worked out by the employer as part of a non-monetary incentive to workers which fulfils goals spelt out in Zim-Asset whereby the Government intends to provide 300 000 housing units to the people by 2018.
Yesterday’s signing ceremony was witnessed by Ministers Patrick Chinamasa (Finance and Economic Development), Saviour Kasukuwere (Local Government, Public Works and National Housing) and Prisca Mupfumira (Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare). Secretary for Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Engineer George Mlilo signed on behalf of Government while civil servants were represented by Apex Council chairperson Mrs Cecelia Alexander.
Under the agreement, Government will approach municipalities and district councils to secure land on which to roll out the scheme, while the workers would provide finance for servicing of the stands which are pegged $4 per square metre to ensure affordability, with an additional $1 going towards administration fee. All payments will be made through the Salary Services Bureau where more than 121 000 civil servants who have registered for the scheme,