Govt against demolition of houses

The Second Republic led by President Mnangagwa does not wish to see people’s homes demolished, but instead wants to see people with homes they would have lawfully acquired, legislators heard yesterday.

Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi said the law would, however, take its course on land barons who were fleecing unsuspecting homeseekers of their hard earned money by illegally parcelling out land.

Minister Ziyambi said this during a Question and Answer Session in the National Assembly.

“President Mnangagwa does not want homes to be demolished. Instead he wants to see everyone with his house that would have been lawfully acquired,” said Minister Ziyambi.

“We will be going area by area under a whole Government approach to identify the problems in a given area and the culprits. 

“All those that want land must follow laid down procedures. We will go area by area analysing each situation prevailing in that area and we will then look at possible options. The policy of our President is that everyone must have a house,” he said.

Turning to the food situation in the country given the pending El Nino induced drought, Minister Ziyambi said several measures would be implemented once the necessary process of studying the situation was completed.

Asked if genetically modified food would be accepted, Minister Ziyambi said the Government’s policy was that they remained banned but this position would be reviewed once all the necessary studies on the situation were completed.

Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister, July Moyo said the Government would provide social protection measures to cushion vulnerable people against the effects of the drought.

The Government was still carrying out assessments to determine who the vulnerable people were .

“We are aware that more families will be food insecure. 

“We are studying the situation at the moment to determine response mechanisms,” said Minister Moyo adding that no family would starve.

Meanwhile, Basic Education Assistance Module funds for school fees of vulnerable children will be calculated in United States dollars with the conversion to local currency made on the date of payment to preserve value, Parliament has heard.

The money will be paid to schools using the prevailing interbank rate, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Torerai Moyo told the National Assembly during a Question and Answer Session yesterday.

Minister Moyo said they have since started paying fees from BEAM as the Government seeks to clear all outstanding arrears.

Minister Moyo

“We have already started disbursing the money for BEAM. We have started with last year’s arrears and very soon we will be paying for this year,” said Minister Moyo.

“The money has now been benchmarked to the United States dollar to hedge against inflation. It will be paid using the prevailing interbank rate which is a positive development.”

Legislators also expressed concern that most pupils under BEAM were failing to access their results as schools were withholding results citing non-payment by the Government. 

Minister Moyo said schools were obliged to release all public results notwithstanding non-payment.

“Withholding of results for whatever reason is illegal. When results are out schools are obliged to release them,” he said.

Minister Moyo said the Government was analysing response mechanisms for pupils that are likely to be affected by the El Nino induced drought. The Government was aware that more pupils will be vulnerable and require education assistance.

Public Service Labour and Social Welfare Minister July Moyo concurred saying Government would provide social protection measures to all those that need it.

“We are aware that more families will be food insecure. 

“On education, we operate a BEAM system and we will assist anyone who wants Government help. Currently, we are still working on determining how many people will need help,” he said.

Minister Ziyambi said the Government was still working on how much food will be needed to cope with the drought.

Herald

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

News

It’s All Smiles at Murambinda Schools

…as President Mnangagwa’s inclusive policy bears fruits The 15th Cabinet session received a detailed report from Vice President Colonel (Retired) K.C.D. Mohadi, Chairperson of the Cabinet Committee on State Occasions and National Monuments, on the successful hosting of the 2024 Children’s Party and the 44th Independence Day Celebrations. The report highlighted significant progress aligned with […]

Read More
News

Celebrating African Unity and Zimbabwe’s Contributions to Liberation and Progress

Zimbabwe is joining the rest of the continent in celebrating Africa Day, which marks the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963, now the African Union. This year’s Africa Day theme is “Educate an African fit for the 21st century: Building resilient education systems for increased access to inclusive, lifelong, quality and […]

Read More
News

Clive Malunga’s Misguided Priorities

Jenaguru Arts Centre founder and musician Clive Malunga is misdirecting his efforts by inciting Zimbabweans, particularly the youth, to revolt against the Government. In an interview with Nehanda Radio on May 22, 2024, Malunga urged Zimbabwean youth to demand change from the Government through an uprising against the ruling elite. He further suggested that Zimbabwean […]

Read More