Newsnet - Gvt calls for low-cost housing

Newsnet - Gvt calls for low-cost housing

The government has called for existing legislation and by- laws implemented by local authorities to be amended in line with the new policies meant to facilitate construction of low cost housing.The call was made by the Minister of local Governmentt, Public Works and Urban Development, Dr Ignatius Chombo at a one day symposium held in Harare to commemorate World Habitat Day.World Habitat Day is commemorated every first Monday in October, a day which was set aside by the United Nations general assembly to give member states an opportunity to reflect on their performances in the housing sector and other activities related to the general improvement of the human settlements.Addressing the gathering, Minister Chombo lamented the existence of legislation that is hindering the building of low cost housing.He added that an estimated one billion people worlds wide are living in slums and a greater percentage of them are in sub-Saharan Africa.He also noted overcrowding in areas like Harare, Epworth and Chitungwiza saying government is committed to reversing such trends.Harare metropolitan Governor Cde David Karimanzira reiterated the need to include the private sector in the financing of low cost housing.The mayor of Harare, Mr. Muchadeyi Masunda reminded stakeholders that the economy cannot grow without involving the private sector saying there is need to critically examine the existing policies with a view to coming up with incentives that will attract private investment in the housing sector.It is estimated that over five hundred thousand people are on the housing waiting list of urban councils in Zimbabwe and there is need to redouble efforts to find innovative means of providing affordable housing.

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