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Parliament debate on Operation Murambatsvina
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from Hansard Vol. 32, No. 6
Parliament of Zimbabwe
June 28, 2005
list of 2005 Zimbabwe Parliamentarians
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- MR. CHIMANIKIRE
- MR. GWETU
DEPUTY MINISTER OF HEALTH AND CHILD WELFARE (DR. MUGUTI)
STATEMENT - THE MINISTER OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT, PUBLIC WORKS AND URBAN
DEVELOPMENT (MR. CHOMBO)
asked of Mr Chombo
continued from June 23, 2005
CHIMANIKIRE: Madam Speaker, in this august House I represent one
of the oldest if not the oldest township in the City of Harare.
Indeed a suburb which gave its name to the former City of Salisbury
and is itself now known as Mbare.
suburb has an estimated population of about 300 000 residents and
56 000 registered voters.
Mbare is the old age pensioners above the age of 60 the oldest identified
pensioners being 87years old. These are the founder fathers of Harare.
Their average pension received is below $ 50 000 per month because
the majority are drawn from former domestic servants and the surrounding
industries' general workers. This group constitutes a quarter
of the population in Mbare who were previously the landlords before
operation Murambatsvina. This generation of pensioned destitutes
were subsisting on rentals earned from lodgers most of whom dwelt
in shacks built around the main house. On average these old people
have between 6 to 10 orphaned grandchildren whom they look after
at each household because of the HIV Aids pandemic. These orphans
who are of school, going age resort to vending after school in order
to supplement the family income. The next group comprises of widows
looking after an average family of 5 children per household widowed
because of political violence in 2000 elections, 2002 presidential
Elections perpetrated by ZANU PF sponsored Chipangano criminals
engaged in beatings and murder of victims. They drove residents
out of their houses and flats and occupied all the C block flats,
of course paying no rent to the City Council for a period exceeding
5 years. Forcibly evicted residents moved into shack lodge rings.
market stalls and bus ranks and charged protection fees to the vendors
of the market. Their Criminal's activity was officially sanctioned
by ZANU PF politicians for years and were used for ZANU PF membership
recruitment and meting punishment to MDC supporters. Their ZANU
PF offices became torture chambers of opposition party supporters.
30% of Mbare
population is comprised of unemployed youth who are 'O'
Level graduates. 70% of the unemployed adult population had been
absorbed into vending, carpentry and Siyaso and Mupedzanhamo informal
Speaker, we have almost 96% no form of income bracket in Mbare thanks
to the unplanned closure of their source of livelihood. The fall
out also affects the Mutoko, Mrehwa, Domboshava suppliers of farm
produce who now have no customers. The blind and the disabled form
a substantial population of this old age suburb.
housing waiting list has not received any attention from the City
Fathers. Mbare residents have waited while ZANU PF supporters jumped
the queue and got settled on un-serviced stands in the perimeter
of the city. Newly built suburbs moved into home ownership schemes;
this did not apply to Mbare flats dwellers, some who after 20 years
are still paying rent to Council without any hope of respite. Their
papers have not been processed by Council. Burst sewage pipes, flats
that known no form of renovation or painting since the Clifford
Dupont UDI days are the order of the day in Mbare.
that have become non-serviceable and pose a health hazard, rubbish
dumps that have not been collected for a period of 25 years -
Ndiyo inonzi tsvinaka iyi. Dehumanising public bathrooms are still
a feature in this day and age and yet Government did not see it
fit to address these issues but to destroy the shacks that people
were living in. Yet, the City of Harare Commissioners found it necessary
to increase the levies from $7 000. per household to $7 million
a month. This is being charged to people who are unemployed and
have no form of income. Mr. Speaker, it riles this Hon. member on
how these people are going to be affording to pay these rates to
the City of Harare.
facilities like the Stodart Hall which has been turned into a morgue,
the swimming pool is now an open pit, tennis grounds and volleyball
grounds are now only open spaces. Women's clubs and recreational
facilities that have now become a thing of the past. The only cleaning
of rubbish along the roads is to Stodart Hall when a hero is being
taken there on their way to the Heroes Acre. Any other time, there
is no cleaning.
In fact, during
the Parliamentary election campaign, when I was attempting to clear
the rubbish, I was arrested and charged with illegal gathering and
paid a fine of $ 35 000.00. That is the attitude of this Government
in terms of gathering rubbish in Mbare.
totally failed to be accountable in terms of the provision of basic
services to the residents of Mbare. All the Council has managed
to do is to hike rents and rates for nothing in return. This Operation
Murambatsvina, without sufficient warning and provision of alternative
can only be equated to the actions of a drunken who has lost his
campus while travelling in a desert.
We have witnessed
in Mbare more than births in open spaces, women being to give birth
in open spaces without any medical facilities. The majority of the
victims out in the cold are women and children. Funeral gatherings
are being conducted in open spaces.
When we talk
in this august House we talk of stamping out violence against women
and children - what greater violence would exceed a baton
stick wielding group of rowdy policemen beating women and children
backed by bulldozers wrecking havoc to the only place that they
called home and rendering them homeless?
violence would exceed, further state sanctioned threats to chase
those sleeping in the open away from those spaces without food and
the only space that they occupy in this country that they now call
aliens have nowhere to go despite their historic contribution to
the liberation of this country and its industrial development. Too
little too late is being attempted, when you displace 200 000 people
and when you make a provision for stands for 20 000 people -
what are the 180 000 people going to do, I ask? The vetting exercise
is a farce, in my own opinion, it meant to accommodate ZANU PF faithfuls
only. Where was this Government pakamboita chamaakuti tsvina nhasi?
let me say whilst we accept the value one man one vote in social
economic structure, unless we accept the value of one man one value
- if we continue to deny this for long, we do so only by denying
our political democracy imperial. Years of economic mismanagement
and failed painful economic reform, forced hundreds of thousands
of lowly paid and unskilled blacks into the streets. Little wonder
that high crime levels have been such a problem - it is the
creation of this regime.
Government should not go on holiday then have a rude awakening by
imposing Tsunami on its own people. Careful planning should precede
implementation. The current evil Murambatsvina should be stopped
for humanitarian reasons - let us go back to the drawing board
and plan properly in order to reduce the human suffering that is
currently being experienced.
properly serviced transit camps should be constructed, police overzealousness
should be curtailed or stopped and the eradication of the informal
sector by this regime should stop.
GWETU: My emphasis would be on the negative effects of operation
Murambatsvina and I will ask for leave to read most of my text in
order to maintain cohesion.
has caused much sufferance that is strife, stress and desolation
in society. It is a premeditated move by the ruling party to marginalise
its opponents mainly MDC and its allies.
comes like a wolf in sheep skin to consume and rid of itself any
opposition to its bad policies and governance.
monster called Murambatsvina is reflected in the Presidential Speech
on page12 — it spills from pages 12 to 13 last paragrapgh
which reads:— " Government has, in liaison with municipal
authorities, instituted a vigorous campaign to restore sanity and
order in urban and other areas."
as a corrective measure — it spills from pages 12 to 13 last
paragraph which reads:— "In tandem with on-going clean-up
Yes, that is
the long term process. What about short term, where people are already
exposed? We are witnessing a travesty of justice and equality in
human rights. This is a political crime.
Order, Hon. Gwetu, you are making a very important point but do
not provoke the other side by interfering with the flow of your
MR. GWETU: I
have made a sampling out research of my constituency which has been
seriously affected hence at Iminyela 38 stands with 108 structures
with a population of 312 were displaced.
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