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Look into Pay-For-Your-House Scheme Housing Fund

03 May 2019 at 07:53hrs | Views
The government initiated Pay-For-Your-House scheme of the 90s was a very noble  project that later morphed into a pyramid scheme in which some of the would be beneficiaries where abandoned without houses nor refunds.

Why has the Ministry of Public Works and National Housing chosen to see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil?

Contributors were promised flats/houses in Tafara, DZ, Prospect, Marimba and Willowvale but it now seems the flats were later taken or given to people who never joined the scheme.

Visits and follow up correspondences to the relevant Ministry have been looked upon with disdain and no response. Even the much acclaimed and respected Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission seem to be developing cold feet over the matter after approaching them for help.

Thousands of dollars were contributed by individuals towards the scheme with the hope of getting a flat but alas, no flat, no refund and not even a reply or public statement over the matter.

The Housing Fund is alleged to have been looted leaving the poor masses counting losses and nursing financial prejudice of a great magnitude.

Above all, most of the contributors are still homeless with others having passed on shaking their heads in disgust. I urge the new dispensation to seriously consider instituting investigations into the affairs of the hastily abandoned Pay-For-Your-House Scheme.

The affected people will never forget.

Thomas Murisa. Harare.

Source - Thomas Murisa
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