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29 Apr 2015 description

This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December, 2014.

Overview

06 Mar 2015 description
report The Zimbabwean

Thousands of people displaced last year by floods along the Tokwe Mukosi basin and resettled at Chingwizi in Nuanetsi ranch need to be relocated again.

Acting Zanu (PF) provincial chairman Paradza Chakona said a high powered delegation of the ruling party visited the area and discovered that the victims need to be relocated again to pave way for a sugar cane growing and ethanol production project by Bio Energy Company.

The company owns Nuanetsi ranch and has promised to clear 60 000 hectares of land for sugar cane and provide about 10 000 jobs.

06 Mar 2015 description
report Voice of America

Blessing Zulu

WASHINGTON DC— International human rights group, Human Rights Watch, has appealed to the United Nations to assist the more than 20,000 people affected by the flooding of the Tokwe Mukosi basin in 2014.

The rights group is accusing the government of neglecting the flood victims.

The families were first relocated at Chingwizi Camp and have since been transferred to Nuanetsi Ranch, which even the government has admitted is not habitable.

The area is infested with killer spiders, snakes and unsafe and scarce water.

03 Feb 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Zimbabwe: Coerced Into Precarious Resettlement

20,000 Displaced Flood Victims Lack Adequate Food, Shelter

The Zimbabwe government has used violence, harassment, and the deliberate restriction of humanitarian aid to coerce an estimated 20,000 flood victims to resettle on tiny land plots where the government plans to establish a sugar cane plantation, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

30 Jan 2015 description
report The Zimbabwean

It never rains but pours for Tokwe Mukosi flood victims who were displaced last year following heavy flooding along the dam basin. They have failed this year to till their land or plant any crops due to shortage of draught power and farming inputs.

The villagers said their cattle died during the relocation exercise to Nuanetsi ranch in Mwenezi in the country’s agricultural region five, which is mostly suitable for cattle ranching and not crop farming.

08 Jan 2015 description
report The Zimbabwean

by Regerai Tukutuku

The government says it has finished constructing the giant Tokwe Mukosi dam in Chivi district in Masvingo province at a cost over half a billion dollars, bringing joy to farmers in the lowveld.

The completion of the dam comes amid concerns of flooding along the dam basin as dozens of people who were displaced by floods last year have reinvaded the area.

“There are a few touches that have to be done but in actual fact we can say the dam is complete,” said Masvingo provincial administrator Felix Chikovo last week.

08 Jan 2015 description
report The Zimbabwean

by Regerai Tukutuku

The government will this year build a primary and secondary school at Chingwizi camp to cater for thousands of school children who dropped out of school due to flooding in the Tokwe Mukosi dam basin last year.

Officially opening a classroom and office block at Victoria primary school in Masvingo recently, Education Minister Lazarus Dokora said: “We want to make sure that those who dropped out of school are catered for in 2015.”

08 Oct 2014 description
report Voice of America

Jonga Kandemiiri

WASHINGTON DC— About 58 families in Tsholotsho, Matabeleland North province, that were affected by floods in February on Monday received donations of clothes, soap and sanitary ware from the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZIMRIGHTS).

ZimRights director Okay Machisa says they were touched by the plight of the flood victims and in June they organised a Soap and Shirt Winter Festival concert to mobilise assistance for the families.

03 Oct 2014 description
report The Zimbabwean

Government has secured $2 million dollars to compensate the flood victims in Masvingo who have been living under inhuman conditions since February this year.

Some of the villagers started getting their compensation funds last week amid reports that the government was still pumping out a reported $300,000 every month to feed the 12,000 flood victims now living on Nuanetsi Ranch.

01 Oct 2014 description
report ShelterBox

This year, Southeastern Zimbabwe has experienced the worst flooding for 40 years after a fractured dam caused over 20,000 people to abandon their homes. As one local farmer put it, ‘we are living like refugees in our own country’. ShelterBox has been helping for over six months to shelter families, and now to support their children’s education.

10 Sep 2014 description
report IRIN

MASVINGO, 10 September 2014 (IRIN) - More than 3,000 families in Zimbabwe’s southeastern Masvingo Province who accuse the government of forcibly resettling them to small plots of undeveloped land, are facing hardships including a lack of adequate food, shelter, health and education facilities.

06 Sep 2014 description
report Voice of America

VOA Staff

WASHINGTON DC— Reports say police are harassing displaced Chingwizi villagers, who were recently allocated plots at Nuanetsi Ranch, after they were stranded at a temporary shelter in Masvingo province due to lack of funds.

Attorney Kennedy Masiye of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights says the situation may get out of hand if it is not stopped as the villagers feel that the police are overstepping their authority.

Some of the villagers claim that the police are terrorizing them at their new home.

26 Aug 2014 description

Regional Overview

The South African Government has placed an immediate ban on the entry of non-South Africans from the Ebola-hit West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF), taking place from 27 to 29 August in Windhoek, Namibia, will develop the first regional seasonal forecast for the coming rainfall season.

Two cases of Ebola have been confirmed in northern DRC, which are said to be a different strain to the outbreak in West Africa.

19 Aug 2014 description
report The Zimbabwean

The government has officially closed Chingiwizi transit camp where at least 12 000 people affected by flooding along the Tokwe Mukosi dam basin have been staying since February amid reports that police have since declared the camp site a no go area.

Villagers said that they were forced to accept the one hectare piece of land offered by the state while those who resisted were completely chased away.

The Zimbabwean has established that the camp is now deserted and only armed police officers have remained.

19 Aug 2014 description
report Voice of America

Blessing Zulu

Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, is claiming mission accomplished in relocating more than 20,000 flood victims from Chingwizi holding camp to Nuanetsi Ranch.

The minister is claiming that the relocated people are “very happy” and had been held hostage for months by hooligans whom he claims were blocking their move using threats.

But some of the relocated people have shot down Bhasikiti’s claims and allege they are starving and are sleeping in the open in Nuanetsi.

15 Aug 2014 description
report The Zimbabwean

Defence for Children International Zimbabwe (DCIZ) has blamed ‘well-wishers’ for the rising cases of child abuse.

The chief executive, Elfas Mcloud Zadzagomo, said some 'co-called' well-wishers who visit desperate people in places such as Chingwizi Transit Camp and children on the streets, allegedly to help, end up abusing the intended beneficiaries.

“We have learnt with dismay that people supposedly assisting people at Chingwizi were among those accused in the rising number of cases of sexual abuse,” he said.

12 Aug 2014 description
report Voice of America

Blessing Zulu

HARARE—

It never rains but pours for victims of the Tokwe-Mukosi flood victims. The over 20,000 people affected by the floods have been struggling to get food and water.

Now the government is confiscating tents that were donated by non-governmental organizations from the flood victims and dumping them in ‘no man’s land’ in the Nuanetsi Ranch.

This is in a move meant to force the villagers to leave the Chingwizi Holding Camp where they have been living since February.