Govt fails Murambatsvina victims: Parly committee

Clemence Manyukwe



THE government has failed to honour its obligation to provide accommodation to victims of Operation Murambatsvina more than a year after launching a ca

mpaign which a United Nations (UN) envoy said was carried out with “indifference to human suffering”, a parliamentary committee has said.


In its report presented in parliament on Tuesday, the parliamentary portfolio committee on Local Government, chaired by Zanu PF Mazowe West legislator Margaret Zinyemba, said government should build more houses for the homeless bearing in mind that the demolition exercise “had generated a lot of debate and criticism locally and internationally”.


Last year’s report by UN envoy Anna Tibaijuka said the demolitions had left 700 000 Zimbabweans homeless and destitute and affected a further 2, 4 million.


In the latest parliamentary report, the Local Government committee said it had “noted that the initially announced budget of $3 trillion was fairly reasonable. However, government failed to honour its obligation that would see the project through to completion.”


It added that the housing project dubbed Operation Garikai/Hlalani Kuhle was of critical concern to it.


“In terms of project implementation, no significant progress was made, as funds provided were too little for any meaningful development to take place. In fact, the secretary for the Ministry of Local Government informed the committee during a briefing on the project’s progress that no progress had been made on most sites
visited by the committee during the previous session, ” the committee said.


It also said that the Regional, Town and Country Planning Act must be reviewed urgently as some of the problems related to Operation Murambatsvina were blamed on flaws cited in the Act.