Tokwe-Mukosi flood victims’ future bleak – Report
By Makhosi Sibanda
The future of the displaced Zimbabwe’s Tokwe-Mukosi flood victims remains bleak, as they were resettled on disputed land, a recently released report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) has shown.
In February 2014, about 20,000 villagers were displaced by flooding of the Tokwe-Mukosi basin in Masvingo where a major dam has been under construction for almost two decades.
The report, titled – Homeless, Landless and Destitute: The Plight of Zimbabwe’s Tokwe-Mukosi Flood Victims – says the flood victims face a number of challenges especially to do with their relocation to other areas after the floods.
“Disputes over ownership, land use and control of the areas slated as relocation sites have introduced another layer of complication to the issues surrounding the relocation of over 3 000 families,” reads the report.
HRW’s senior researcher, Dewa Mavhinga noted that after the floods, government failed to protect flood victims’ rights, or honor promises regarding compensation and resettlement.