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MATTHEW Goniwe Hostel residents burned tyres while toyi-toyiing outside their ward councillor’s office yesterday morning, accusing him and his committee members of selling government RDP houses in the area.
Ward 20 councillor Chris Makoni had to be protected by police and municipal security guards from angry residents who accused him of not looking after their interests.
The hostel residents say they should be occupying the RDP houses which have been built near the hostel. They say about 105 families have occupied the houses illegally.
One of the residents, KK Mataka, said the issue had been raised with the councillor and his committee a number of times. They were now giving him 2½ days to remove the illegal occupants and give the houses to the rightful beneficiaries.
“As a councillor, Makoni must make sure every rightful beneficiary of those houses is in them by the end of this week. We know there are people from as far as Walmer living in those houses. Recently a woman was murdered and four injured in one of the houses that was illegally occupied. We want him to sort out this mess before more people are killed over this issue,” Mataka said.
Makoni said the people occupying the newly built houses had been appointed by a building contractor to safeguard them.
“I do not have the powers to give or sell the houses. What I know is that the building contractor was supposed to give me the list of houses that were finished. I would identify the rightful beneficiaries of those houses. The municipality would then officially hand them to the rightful owners.
Municipal spokesman Kupido Baron said the community had made many serious allegations against the councillor. The contractor, the municipality’s housing officials and the Human Settlement Department would meet this week to try to resolve the issue.