Government Back Tracks On Title Deeds
THE GOVERNMENT continues to stall the granting of title documents to urban inhabitants in densely populated suburbs, claiming that there are several formalities involved.
On Wednesday, Mufakose MP Susan Matsunga of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) questioned why owners of mostly old suburbs such as Mufakose, Highfield, Glen View, Tafara, and Mabvuku had no title deeds for their occupied houses while council continued to demand payments for properties built in the 1960s.
Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi, who leads the Inter-ministerial Committee that comprises the ministries of Local Government, Finance, Higher and Tertiary Education, stated that the procedure has proven to be complicated, making it impossible to issue title documents as planned.
This occurred during the question and answer period.
We thought it was easy to issue title deeds but there are some issues that need due diligence so that we do not give title deeds to people who are not deserving.
“We have a committee which is moving around. At the moment we have identified 6000 households in Epworth,”Ziyambi
He added that the verification and review process was cumbersome but the government was doing its best.
Matsunga further questioned Ziyambi why new suburbs’ residents like Epworth were getting title deeds while old ones were being ignored.
“Minister, do you know that Epworth is a new location? Locations like Mufakose, Glenview and Highfield are older than Epworth. These were built in the 60s, earlier than Epworth,” Matsunga told Ziyambi.
Ziyambi blamed City of Harare for failure of procedures leading to the government resolving to plan a new programme to be considered in every urban location.
He said the government would fund the processing of title deeds, such as surveys and plans and the verification process of the identities of the title deed holders.
Chegutu West MP Dexter Nduna urged government to fast track the processes alleging councillors and council officials were busy taking over houses from those that would have passed on
Ziyambi could not give a timeline.
“At this juncture, I am extremely hesitant to give a timeline. It is an exercise that we are learning every day,” Ziyambi told the august House.