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Government has announced its support to the Melfort Housing Project through engaging relevant stakeholders to speed up the regularisation process.

The project, dubbed Diamond Park, is in Goromonzi South Constituency along Harare-Mutare highway where a number of youths, civil servants and People Living With Disabilities (PLWDs) have already benefitted from residential stands.

According to a letter signed by National Housing and Social Amenities Permanent Secretary Engineer Theodious Chinyanga dated September 22, and addressed to the project leader Roger Pote of Eastwinds Trust, government directed the department of Physical Planning and Goromonzi Rural District Council to work together and regularised the settlement.

"I want to draw your attention to a meeting held between the Ministries of National Housing and Social Amenities and Local Government and Public Works on the 21st instant, in respect of the above subject.

"In the alluded meeting, it was agreed that regularisation of Diamond Park will subsist going forward.

To that end, the Ministries have directed the Department of Physical Planning in the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works and the local authority (Goromonzi RDC)will straight away engage, with a view to regularise the Melfort Housing settlement," read the letter.

The government support on the project came some senior politicians in Goromonzi South tried to seize the project from the youths through spreading falsehoods but in vain.

Beneficiaries of the projects have already begun erecting structures while a contracted company is currently working on roads.

The project is set to benefit more than 4000 people upon completion with 1300 beneficiaries already served in its first phase.

National Housing minister Daniel Garwe said government is working flat out to ensure that a total of 200 000 people get houses by 2023.

Pote, said the Diamond Park Project will be rolled across the country as it is in support of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's Vision 2030-to provide decent shelter to the people.

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