UN Resident Coordinator’s Update: On Meeting with Senior Government Officials on Government Resettlement Programme

Harare, 27 November 2013 - The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator met with Senior Officials of the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing on 26 November 2013. The objective of the meeting was to get an update on recent media reports about “impending demolitions of illegal structures”.

The Ministry briefed the UN Resident Coordinator on the Government’s decision to take corrective measures on illegal structures, including settlements in the vicinity of unsuitable areas such as sewage and power lines. The Government informed that it is engaging all relevant stakeholders and the programme is being carried out in a well-planned and consultative manner.

The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator took note of the update and encouraged the Government to continue handling the matter in a consultative manner, in line with applicable policies.

The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator informed the Ministry that the United Nations and its entities (such as the UN Development Programme - UNDP), do not have the capacity nor the resources to finance the resettlement of affected populations.

The Ministry was further informed that the United Nations could assist in the future in the development of policies to promote sustainable urbanization.

The Government officials indicated that its resettlement programme will be informed by the findings of an ongoing audit the Government is currently undertaking.