Harare residents are reportedly acquiring stands from the Harare City Council through the housing scheme and reselling them to desperate people looking for stands, Zim Morning Post reports.
According to the publications, Harare residents are up in arms with council employees who are allocation stands to undeserving people who are reselling them to other people.
Beneficiaries involved in yet another Harare City Council alleged scam are reportedly buying their way to the top of the housing list and they are acquiring stands for between ZWL $50 000 and $150 000 and they will in turn sell them for anything between USD $20 000 and $50 000.
A resident called Maida Mhene was allocated a stand in February 2020 and was ordered to pay ZWL $154 000 and only paid ZWL $2000 but is reportedly selling the stand for US$50 000.
George Chisvo, the secretary of ward 16 for the Zimbabwe Combined Residents and Ratepayers Association spoke to the publication and said:
These people, if they were allocated the stands on which to build homes, why then would they be reselling the stands they acquired cheaply
When contacted for comment, Harare Spokesperson Michel Chideme said such dealing must be reported to the council:
That is illegal (reselling stands) and such actions should be brought to the attention of the municipality. Once the Beneficiaries are found guilty, council is at liberty to repossess the stands and reallocate them to deserving people on the housing waiting list
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