Parirenyatwa spot on

via NewsDay Editorial: Parirenyatwa spot on April 11, 2014

The latest hazard caused by the devastating storms and floods presents huge challenges for the 3 000 households at Chingwizi transit camp.

The Tokwe-Mukorsi flood victims are facing a host of problems, including shortage of water which is a principal problem. Besides, the state of educational facilities is horrendous. There are also fears of disease outbreak as the families are crowded. Donor fatigue could also soon set in.

The families are quickly losing hope of ever rebuilding their shattered lives; they will never forget the floods that shattered their lives which were serene and almost uneventful only a short while ago.

In the wake of the floods resulting from the near collapse of the under-construction Tokwe-Mukorsi Dam wall, they had hoped for a quick resettlement programme after which they would carry on with their lives.

Regrettably, the community is becoming more and more uncertain as little is being done to resettle them despite government pronouncements that the programme is on course.

Is there anything government can do to protect these families weakened by fate?

This is why it is heartening to note that Health and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa believes that the transit camp must be decongested as a matter of urgency to avoid an outbreak of diseases. However, it is not enough for Parirenyatwa to want other government arms to handle the matter when he is part of the problem.

It is unfortunate that some ministers have taken a back seat while the Tokwe-Mukorsi community suffers. It is clear that the transit camp is no longer suitable for human habitation.

According to Parirenyatwa, the conditions are not conducive to human settlement. These people must be quickly compensated for the relocation and settled in permanent homes as they are not supposed to stay under such conditions for long.

The minister said: “There are about 1 800 families; it is about 18 000 to 20 000 people staying in one camp and they are not working, not ploughing, they are just sitting, it is unhealthy. They should be decongested from a health point of view.”

Parirenyatwa’s observation is spot on, but more needs to be done as the flood victims do not have enough running water, toilets, food or shelter.
Politics of promises no longer work; all government arms must be seized with this issue even if the Health ministry is putting measures to ensure the health of the people.

Government must not give the idea of permanence because the people will think that they are there to stay.

Government must pay them off so that they can move on with their lives?


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    Gondobwe 8 years ago

    Another squatter camp has started with our eyes open!

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    munzwa 8 years ago

    But this dam was planned long ago, why have the people in the flood plain not been relocated well before the dam started filling!!!!

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    I would not trust this minister. You have been warned! He thinks he us cool but has devious motives

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    John Thomas 8 years ago

    This is certainly a new method. Build a dam. Let it fill. Let the persons in the flood basin remain in place till they are flooded from their homes. Make no arrangements at all for them.

    Who said ZANU cannot innovate?

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    And you expect Kariba Dam wall to be repaired by these failures, NEVER. This project was started how many years ago, of which this was the right time to harness water that was going to benefit this community for so many years to come. The shoddy job was done and you are going to loose a lot water, if not all the water in order to carry out the necessary repair work. Its really pathetic.

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    That ZANU is an unmitigated disaster for our country is given.
    Snide remarks from certain people who were part of Smith’s regime do little to bridge the gap between them and those of us trying to topple the ZANU brigade.

    The rhodies are, to some extent, responsible for the present debacle, having refused to engage sensibly with bob on the land issue back in the 90’s for one and treated us blacks with such contempt during their tenure.

    For Zim to pick itself up and totter forwards, there is need to bridge that gap.
    Assuming of course, that there is life after ZANU.