<vote /> Minister of State in the Office of Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, Tabetha Kanengoni-Malinga, said Government stood ready to assist PHD Ministries led by Prophet Walter Magaya and other churches that were complementing Government efforts in the provision of houses.
Speaking during the groundbreaking ceremony for a PHD housing project in Bulawayo that targets the construction of 5 000 houses in that city as part of project that would see houses being built in the city of Kings, Harare, Kwekwe and Mutare, Kanengoni-Malinga who was standing in for VP Mphoko who failed to attend due to other commitments said government will assist PHD in its project,
We will do whatever is possible as Government to assist not only PHD, but other churches that want to follow suit. PHD has set a good example. I am proud of PHD. This is what we call pioneering. Housing provision is not for the Government to implement alone but we need to work with other players like the church. here have been reports that the Government does not support the church. I am here to demonstrate our support for activities by churches.
Magaya said that his company will be the one constructing the houses,
The costs would be reduced by about 60 percent because I would be using my construction company which already has caterpillars and other various equipment. The costs that would be incurred mainly would be some material, fuel and labour related costs. The concept that we are pursuing is ‘wonderland’ where you would feel that you are in a different land because of the quality of the houses and place. If I can manage to increase the stands to 90 000, I would be happy.
The housing project is expected to create employment.
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