Some of Harare’s illegal settlements could soon be regularized after Council agreed to resuscitate the program.
According to Council minutes an inter-departmental team shall soon be carrying out tours assessing the settlements.
“A member drew attention of the Committee to the regularization programme where the committee and the Environmental committee had undertaken joint tours of settlements.
The tours were done with a “view to regularising those settlements which merited such action”.
However they had since been stopped leading to the Councilors calling for their resuscitation.
The Housing Committee has since agreed to the resuscitation of the tours.
“The Committee agreed that the Acting Town Clerk resuscitates the inter-departmental team.
The teams will visit “residential settlements to determine and recommend those which (are) suitable for regularisation”.
Harare has seen an increase in the number of informal settlements which have come up creating a dangerous precedent.
The illegal settlements are a result of the government’s failure to implement an effective housing policy which has led to over a million people on the waiting list.
Various land barons have also taken advantage and also created new settlements which are not recognised by Council or government.
According to the 2015 National Report for Habitat III there is a shortage of 1.25 million housing units.
These are enough to house more than 5 million people.
In Harare alone, more than 151,000 people are on the housing waiting list.
Recently President Mnangagwa launched a new housing program.
However critics have decried government failure to implement other previous housing programs and have since expressed pessimism at the new program.