Mtiyas are home at last

2017-04-27 06:00
Vusumzi Mtiya and his mom Fezeka in front of their new home in Harare.

Vusumzi Mtiya and his mom Fezeka in front of their new home in Harare.

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It was a day to rejoice for the Mtiya family as MEC for Human Settlement Bonginkosi Madikizela made good on an election promise.

Last week on Thursday Madikizela officially handed over a house to the Mtiya family of Nkinga Street in Harare. One of the family members is a severely disabled Vusumzi Mtiya, 31, who faced the challenge of living in a shack house. According to Madikizela, the local leadership had told him about the situation at the household and the handover was in line with his department’s plans to make sure that the elderly and the disabled are given decent homes to live in.

“In our department the elderly and the disabled are first preference when it comes to the allocation for homes. We do not want a situation where young people of working age are benefiting from RDP homes,” he said. Madikizela said that this was part of their plan to make sure that families that are living with people with disabilities are taken care of.

New homeowner Fezeka Mtiya, 60, said she was grateful and narrated the previous challenges of rain and Vusumzi and his sibling in the shack structure.

“The shack was always cold during the winter and we faced leakages. This will make for a better living. We would like to thank the MEC, the department and local leaders who listened to our cries,” she said.

Local ward councillor Anele Gabuza said that they were happy to see a struggling family finally getting decent housing.

“She has been living here for a long time with her family since they came from Town Two and we are happy she finally has a home,” he said. Gabuza said that there were more than 1000 people on the waiting list.

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