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begins moving clean-up victims 'living like animals' to rural homes
-- Police in the resort town of Victoria Falls on Thursday began moving
to their rural homes hundreds of victims of a controversial government
clean-up exercise who were said to be 'living like animals' in the bush
after their homes were destroyed.
The majority of the
evicted residents who were from the sprawling Baghdad and Kinshasa informal
settlements were said to be living dangerously at the mercy of wild animals
such as lions and elephants which roam on the periphery of the resort
town since the demolition of their shanty homes.
The police said they
were moving the people, some of whom had sought shelter in the bush as
well as in churches and industrial buildings in the town, to their rural
A pastor who was caring
for the displaced families in the town, Stanford Thembo Ndlovu said: "Most
of them have lived like wild animals since the demolitions of their houses
and we as the church are glad to see them going home.
"We are working
with the police to transport those who are willing and as they leave,
we give then a package of relief aid that will cover them for the first
two months when they arrive in their respective areas."
Police spokesperson Mavis Marufu said the repatriation exercise would
continue in the next week.
The Zimbabwe government
two months ago demolished thousands of houses and shanty homes in a campaign
President Robert Mugabe said was meant to restore the beauty of cities
But the United Nations
in a hard-hitting report compiled by special envoy Anna Tibaijuka strongly
chastised the Zimbabwe government over the demolitions calling the exercise
an "assault on the rights of the poor."
The UN said at least
700 000 people had been rendered homeless through the exercise which also
closely affected another 2.4 million people throughout the country.
has since rejected the UN report alleging bias on the part of the world
body's envoy. - ZimOnline
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