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Civil servants fume over 'fake' stands

by Staff reporter
08 Mar 2020 at 08:34hrs | Views
A group of civil servants is up in arms with a Bulawayo housing scheme, after it allegedly failed to deliver on its contractual obligation to provide them with stands for almost a decade now.

Pure Gold Housing Trust in 2011 is said to have entered into an agreement with beneficiaries, mostly civil servants, to secure stands for them in Emganwini, Upper Rangemore and other surrounding areas in Bulawayo.

One of the alleged victims told Sunday Southern Eye that they were asked to pay a deposit of US$1 000 and US$60 to go towards servicing of stands.

"They told us that the housing scheme was flexible enough to allow us to pay in instalments, which we thought was a brilliant idea," said the victim.

She alleged that Pure Gold Trust official were being evasive and insult her whenever she seeks an explanation on why they had not yet been allocated the stands.

Another alleged victim said the "land developer" warned him against checking the progress of the project with council, saying they might lose the stands.

"When l last visited Pure Gold they told me that they were having problems with Bulawayo City Council because of the sewerage system," he said.

"They said if l make developments on that land, l might lose the stand to council."

He said all they want was for Pure Gold to either refund beneficiaries or give them the promised stands.

An official from the housing scheme, only identified as Khumalo, demanded questions in writing, but had not responded by the time of going to print.

Pure Gold Housing Trust Founder Benjamin Joseph Mutara said he was busy when contacted for comment.

"I am very busy right now. I'm in a meeting with the minister of Local Government (July Moyo), therefore, l am not in a position to comment, but once I finish l will get back to you," Mutara said.

However, repeated efforts to get a comment from him later were fruitless.

Source - The Standard