ZANU PF aspiring candidate for Glen Norah constituency in the March 26 parliamentary by-election, Cde Chrispen Magaya (31), has assured residents they will get title deeds for their houses as promised by the President.
Work within the Government on the title deeds is at an advanced stage with aerial mapping currently underway while all relevant ministries are hard at work to ensure the legal instruments will be ready starting end of this month.
The 31-year-old aspiring candidate is battling it out with Mr Israel Mabhande of MDC Alliance, Mr Wellington Chikombo (Citizens‘ Coalition for Change), Mr Allan Munyuki (the United Democratic Party) and Mr Kuda Garwe of National Patriotic Front (NPF).
Glen Norah is one of the constituencies with old and new settlements without title deeds. A youthful politician oozing with confidence, Cde Magaya said Zanu PF urban renewal success stories will prevail.
“President Mnangagwa has promised title deeds as a Christmas gift message.
“Pinning hopes on the message, a number of home owners in Glen Norah both old and new residents do not have titled deeds since independence. There is anxiety among residents. They have realised that it is only Zanu PF party with the capacity to deliver its promises to the people,” he said.
This, he said, is one of President Mnangagwa’s gifts to urban dwellers who for more than two decades have been receiving a raw deal from successive opposition councils that are often corrupt and work with land barons, dishing out residential stands to desperate home seekers.
Glen Norah residents, he said, will dumb MDC formations in the form of CCC and MDC-A. President Mnangagwa “reiterated his cast-iron commitment to urban householders that he will be handing out historic title deeds to them”. Cde Mutsvangwa said President Mnangagwa has already pencilled a date for a scheduled ceremony on the road to permanent urbanisation for the majority population of Zimbabwe.
“We are carrying developmental projects in different areas such as road rehabilitation, refuse collection among others.
“We want to return Glen Norah Constituency to its glorious days 20 years before the coming in of the MDC formations, who ran down the area,” he said.
Turning to empowerment initiatives, Cde Magaya is running some courses such as driving, nurse aid, hotel and catering. “We are conducting the lessons at Glen Norah A and B community halls. The lessons are open to all Glen Norah residents who are above 18 years. I pay fees for them.”
His constituency was also set to benefit from the Presidential Borehole Drilling Scheme meant to provide clean water to the residents.
Mr Mabhande of the MDC-A said they wanted to work towards transforming the livelihoods of the people.
“I am going to win the seat. We have what it takes to represent Glen Norah residents in parliament,” he said.
Efforts to get a comment from Citizen Coalition for Change aspiring candidate Mr Chikombo were fruitless as his mobile phone was not reachable.
NPF candidate Mr Garwe was optimistic of winning the seat saying he was ready for the challenge.