via Give us our money, 2000 villagers tell govt 02 August 2014
MORE than 2 000 Chingwizi villagers are refusing to relocate to a new resettlement area demanding full payment before they do so, Zanu PF spokesperson, Rugare Gumbo, has said.
Briefing the media after a politburo meeting last week, Gumbo said so far only 1 000 villagers had expressed their willingness to move to the new resettlement area so that they could start new lives.
“The situation is improving day-by-day. As you may recall, the last time we had about 500 people ready to relocate… but now we have 1,110 who have indicated an interest to move,” Gumbo said.
In April this year, the angry villagers attacked a team of government ministers as they demanded to be compensated before settling at the new plots pegged by government.
Each family requires $4000 before relocating to the new plots and this could gobble close to $9 million in total for compensation only.
Recently, the same politburo ordered Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa to look for cash so that government could compensate the villagers.
Gumbo said the politburo decided that the individuals would not be forced to relocate to the piece of land government has earmarked for resettlement.
He said that the International Organisation for Migration has established a clinic to assist the villagers amid warnings by civil rights groups that there could be a disease outbreak at Chingwizi due to the conditions at the holding camp.