Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Zimbabwe: Gov't Confiscates, Dumps Tokwe-Mukosi Flood Victims' Tents

Source: Voice of America

Blessing  Zulu

It never rains but pours for victims of the Tokwe-Mukosi flood victims. The over 20,000 people affected by the floods have been struggling to get food and water.

Now the government is confiscating tents that were donated by non-governmental organizations from the flood victims and dumping them in ‘no man’s land’ in the Nuanetsi Ranch.

This is in a move meant to force the villagers to leave the Chingwizi Holding Camp where they have been living since February.

Camp residents have been refusing to move, demanding government compensation and bigger pieces of land at the ranch, where they are being moved to.

The villagers fought running battles with the police last week after the first attempt to forcibly evict them flopped.

But the police later added more manpower and firepower and have since managed to evict the villagers.

The government has failed to raise $9 million to compensate the villagers, leading to the violent skirmishes.

Chingwizi resident Milton Moyo says the villagers are now stranded.