THE government has failed to secure a $30 million loan from sugar producer Tongaat Hullet meant to finance completion of Tokwe-Mukosi Dam in Chivi over water rights disagreements.
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.
THE chaos at Chingwizi camp where over 2 000 villagers were dumped by the government in February has gone on for too long.
SMALL dilapidated houses, collapsing roofs that straddle for kilometres along the Ngundu-Triangle Road as well as vandalised irrigation equipment are all that remain of controversial business magnate Billy Rautenbach’s dream of setting up an ethanol plant in Masvingo.
MASVINGO Provincial Affairs minister Kudakwashe Bhasikiti has conceded that the 18 000 villagers displaced by the Tokwe-Mukosi Dam floods and housed at the Chingwizi holding camp in Nuanetsi Ranch are among the “most traumatised people” in the country.
A POLICE post at Chingwizi transit camp went up in smoke in the early hours of Wednesday morning in a suspected arson attack as anger mounts over the government’s failure to compensate and improve living conditions of the more than 18 000 villagers resident in the camp.
As the villagers sit around the flickering fire on a pitch-black night lit only by the blurry moon, they speak, recounting how it all began.
TEARS of joy streamed down her wrinkled sun-baked face as she extended her course hands to receive a small pack of chicken pieces bought for her for $1 by a well-wisher.
NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS (NGOs) have vowed to directly hand over aid to Chingwizi Camp inhabitants following reports of rampant looting of donated food and clothing handouts by government officials.
UNITED STATES-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) last week released a report that for the first time seeks to explain what caused the devastating floods at the Tokwe- Mukosi Dam basin in Masvingo.