Local Government Minister Saviour Kasukuwere has set aside another farm in Goromonzi for subdivision into residential stands in a development set to benefit thousands of mostly Zanu PF supporters, it has emerged.
The 950-hectare Echo Farm is adjacent to Sally Mugabe Heights, between Hatcliffe suburb and Domboshava.
Zanu PF national youth league political commissar Innocent Hamandishe told thousands of youths at a rally in Domboshava on Wednesday that only youths would benefit from the stands.
“I bring you good news from the Minister of Local Government. We are aware that you have been asking for a place of your own to stay. Cde Kasukuwere said government has unveiled Echo Farm, where all of you will get residential stands,” Hamandishe said.
“The necessary paperwork to fully acquire the land is at an advanced stage and allocation will begin soon. Let me set the record straight: The stands do belong to the youths and we are not entertaining anyone from the main wing or women’s league.”
Kasukuwere, who is also Zanu PF national commissar, last week doled out part of Elmswood Farm in Marondera in a development, which will see about 3 000 people getting residential stands.
Speaking at the Domboshava rally, Zanu PF Mashonaland East provincial youth league chairperson Kelvin Mutsvairo showered praises on Kasukuwere.
“He has the youths at heart and such empowerment is all we need within the party. The residential stands belong to the youths and we are warning those who want to disturb the process to stop their machinations,” he said.
Since being appointed as Local Government minister recently, Kasukuwere has been launching new housing projects, but has also clashed with land barons whom he accused of duping homeseekers before ordering the arrest of several of them.
Opposition parties and critics have accused Zanu PF of dishing out stands to win support ahead of the 2018 elections.