FOUR Tokwe-Mukosi flood victims jailed for burning police vehicles in August last year while resisting relocation to a new site from Chingwizi Transit Camp in Masvingo without compensation have launched a fresh bid for freedom.
Three Masvingo lawyers have been honoured by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) for representing displaced Tokwe-Mukorsi Dam victims, who were arrested following the torching of two police trucks at Chingwizi transit camp in August this year.
Twenty six Tokwe-Mukorsi flood survivors who faced charges of public violence following clashes with the police in Chingwizi transit camp, were on Monday acquitted of the charges.
REPORTS that hundreds of children whose parents were displaced by the Tokwe-Mukosi Dam floods in February have to walk close to 40km every day because there are no schools close by to serve them are disturbing.
THOUSANDS of secondary schoolchildren of the Tokwe-Mukosi Dam flood victims, who were forcibly resettled in Nuanetsi Ranch from the Chingwizi transit camp, have to walk close to 20km to the makeshift secondary school in the area.
ZANU PF councillors in Chivi have ganged up against Masvingo Provincial Affairs minister and party politburo member Kudakwashe Bhasikiti accusing him of distorting facts about the welfare of Tokwe-Mukosi flood victims and failing to mobilise food handouts for them.
More than 3 000 families in Masvingo Province who accuse the government of forcibly resettling them to small plots of undeveloped land, are facing hardships including a lack of adequate food, shelter, health and education facilities.