Harare City Council (HCC) is set to give its councillors residential stands, barely six months into the job.
According to minutes of council’s housing committee, the residential stands will be availed to the councillors subject to their availability in their respective wards. The availing of residential stands was made effective by a ministerial directive issued in 2011 which allowed sitting chairperson and mayors to access residential stands in their or adjacent wards. Councillors shall access residential stands in their wards at 40 percent of cost of price of the stand for those serving the first term.
Councillors who are serving a second term in the city will get residential properties at 35 percent of the cost price, provided such a facility was not extended to them before. The minutes indicated that councillors who have been elected for a third term in Harare are eligible for the scheme with stands being sold to them for 30 percent of their cost price. The move to give councillors stands comes as Harare is yet to give employees residential stands in lieu of outstanding salaries. Harare city employees were promised the properties in 2016 but to-date they have not received anything.
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