ZMC intervenes in Lubimbi villagers’ relocation saga 

Source: ZMC intervenes in Lubimbi villagers’ relocation saga – The Southern Eye

ZMC executive secretary Godwin Phiri

THE Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) has ordered the Local Government ministry to release information which was requested by the Matabeleland Institute for Human Rights (MIHR) on the relocation plan for Lubimbi villagers in Binga.

About 502 families in Lubimbi are set to be displaced to pave way for construction of the Gwayi-Shangani Dam, which was expected to be completed by December last year, but is currently 70% complete.

ZMC executive secretary Godwin Phiri told Southern Eye that they made that order as enshrined in the Freedom of Information Act, which stipulates that any information requested must be issued within 48 hours of request.

“Any institute that has information that is meant for the public should desist from withholding it because it is part of the Constitution that it be released when asked for. Hence the reason we saw it fit that ZMC must make that order because it is a right for people to have access to information if needed,” Phiri said.

MIHR co-ordinator Khumbulani Maphosa said they made the request last year in June so that they would have time to look at the plans and assess the impacts.

“We need to see what is really being proposed and how dam construction is going to benefit the Lubimbi villagers. We still wait for a response from the Local Government ministry,” Maphosa said.