Byo contractor still to deliver 1 000 houses, 8 years later 

Source: Byo contractor still to deliver 1 000 houses, 8 years later – NewsDay Zimbabwe

BY SILAS NKALA

THE Bulawayo City Council (BCC) is still waiting for the handover of about 1 000 houses, nearly eight years after the contractor, Rent a Roof Private Limited, was supposed to have completed them.

BCC availed 1 000 housing stands in Cowdray Park which were meant for low-income earners to a private land developer, Rent a Roof in order to ease its  housing backlog which stood at 100 000 in 2014.

Bulawayo deputy mayor Mlandu Ncube confirmed to Southern Eye that Rent a Roof was yet to deliver the houses to council.

“Rent a Roof houses have not been commissioned.

“The contractor has not yet handed over the houses to council.

“The stands are being managed by Rent a Roof company and the council does not know the agreement between the developer and the beneficiaries,” Ncube said.

In the initial application to council, Rent a Rood said it would invest US$70 million in the construction of 4 000 houses.

However, a council report indicated that the developer could only be allocated 1 000 stands.

Efforts to get a comment from the company were fruitless as the contact number given was continuously on voice mail.

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