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Residents of Harare South constituency will not be evicted from their stands following Government’s decision to return three farms to businessman and property tycoon Dr Philip Chiyangwa’s Pinnacle Holdings, Harare South legislator Cde Shadreck Mashayamombe has said.

Cde Mashayamombe told the residents yesterday that he had engaged Government through the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing on how best to handle the issue.

Cde Mashayamombe was trying to ease the anxiety of 20 000 stand owners who bought land either through housing co-operatives or a consortium of 56 companies after Pinnacle Holdings asked them to pay compensation for settling on Dr Chiyangwa’s farm.

“We have taken the case up with the relevant Government ministry,” said Cde Mashayamombe.

“No one is going to be evicted from their stands. What we want is reasonable and fair compensation to the farm owner that is consistent with what local authorities charge,” he said.

“We do not want compensation levels that are unaffordable and unrealistic because times are hard.”

Government returned Ordar Farm, Nyarungu Estates and part of Stone-ridge Farm to Pinnacle Holdings in an out-of-court settlement deal.

Residents in Southlea Park under which Ordar Farm falls were recently directed to negotiate directly with Pinnacle Holdings and agree on terms of payment for the stands in return for title deeds.

This appears to have irked many residents, most of whom had paid around $4 000 to acquire stands in the area through a consortium.

Cde Mashayamombe said asking residents to pay the farm owner was not new as that had already been done at Retreat Farm’s Ushehwekunze Housing Co-operative.

The agreement between Government and the consortium, he said, stated that compensation should be made at some point to the farm owner.

He said the rate used for residents of Ushehwekunze, where stand owners were asked to pay CFI Holdings $4 per square metre, should apply to them as that was consistent with local authority charges.

“Residents in Ushehwekunze were asked to pay $4 per square metre. In addition, there is need for a payment plan where residents are given time to pay in instalments, just as what happened at Ushehwekunze. That is what we are lobbying the relevant authority to do,” he said.

Pinnacle Property Holdings had directed residents in Southlea Park to pay a $150 registration fee before they were told how much compensation they should pay for their stands in return for title deeds.

This had also irked the consortium who felt that Pinnacle was moving in to assert its authority before negotiations for compensation were concluded.

Source : The Herald