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Binga eyes town status

BY RICHARD MUPONDE

BINGA Rural District Council has stepped up its service delivery and development of housing stands to enhance the growth point’s chances of getting a town status
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The Matabeleland North local authority is in the process of servicing about 200 stands which it was allocating to residents in three residential suburbs namely, Gowera, Secondary and Garikai.

Binga already has a proper water and sewer reticulation system.

Council CEO Joshua Muzamba said the servicing of housing stands was a major priority to clear a housing backlog at Binga centre on the Zambezi valley.

“We are busy servicing the stands and allocating them to residents who are on the housing waiting list,” he said.

“The backlog was recently just above 200 but its increasing especially in the high density suburbs.

“So servicing of these stands is an ongoing process. We are also allocating residents as they come.”

However, Muzamba said revenue collection was a challenge as residents were finding it difficult to pay rates.

“We are aware of the economic situation,” he added.

“We are continuously engaging the residents for them to pay but they are slowly paying their rates and that’s a good sign as we move to attain a town status.”

Council recently pegged about 200 stands in Gowera and Secondary areas for both high and medium density areas as it move towards clearing the housing backlog.

Muzamba said water provision to the new residential stands remains a challenge and council had engaged the Zimbabwe National Water Authority and Zimbabwe
National Roads Administration to assist in servicing the stands.

Binga council gets most of its revenue from kapenta fishing on the Zambezi River.

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