CPU seeks help for home­less af­ter storm dam­age

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Opinion/national News - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu Plumtree Cor­re­spon­dent

THE Bulil­ima Civil Pro­tec­tion Unit Com­mit­tee has ap­pealed to well-wish­ers to do­nate to fam­i­lies that were left home­less fol­low­ing a hail­storm that hit Bulil­ima Dis­trict last Fri­day.

About 50 homesteads were de­stroyed by a hail­storm which hit Bam­badzi area.

The hail­storm, which left many fam­i­lies in need of tem­po­rary shel­ter and food, also killed live­stock.

Speak­ing dur­ing a meet­ing yes­ter­day, Bulil­ima Dis­trict Ad­min­is­tra­tor, Mrs Ethel Moyo, said the com­mit­tee was try­ing to mo­bilise re­sources for the af­fected fam­i­lies.

“We sam­pled 10 homesteads in Tjibudzanani Vil­lage which was the most af­fected area and con­cluded that the sit­u­a­tion is a dis­as­ter and vil­lages are in dire need of help. Fam­i­lies lost their food, cloth­ing, homes and other valu­ables.

“When we ar­rived at the scene, the area was water logged. A num­ber of dagga huts had col­lapsed while some brick houses had their roofs blown off. Some of the af­fected are el­derly peo­ple who live with their or­phaned grand­chil­dren while oth­ers are child-headed fam­i­lies. We were only able to ac­cess 10 homes but the head­man of the area said about 50 homesteads were af­fected but we couldn’t reach them,’’ she said.

Mrs Moyo said a vil­lager, Mr Cleopas Ncube, who has a fam­ily of 12 peo­ple, had his five huts de­stroyed by the rains. She said an­other vil­lager, Mr Ju­nior Nleya, lost four of his grass thatched huts and 12 goats.

Mrs Moyo said a child-headed fam­ily of eight had two huts de­stroyed while Ms Sofia Moyo who is an el­derly vil­lager lost five grass thatched huts.

“We are still com­pil­ing in­for­ma­tion on the ex­tent of dam­age in the other homesteads as we failed to ac­cess them. The head­man of the area and vil­lage head are in the process of com­pil­ing the in­for­ma­tion. We are still to get in­for­ma­tion on the num­ber of live­stock that died,’’ she said.

Mrs Moyo said the area ex­pe­ri­enced se­vere rains and most grass thatched huts col­lapsed be­cause of flood­ing. — @DubeMatutu

out­side the coun­try has a de­sire to con­trib­ute to fos­ter­ing devel­op­ment in Zim­babwe. His pro­posal to build the school was ac­cepted and ap­pre­ci­ated as it would bring devel­op­ment to an area which has a short­age of ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­i­ties. The ap­pli­ca­tion was ap­proved by the Bubi RDC,” said Mrs Moyo.

She said a let­ter from the Min­istry of Lands and Ru­ral Re­set­tle­ment shows that the land was not ini­tially al­lo­cated to any­one, but was left for devel­op­ment pur­poses.

The villagers ac­cused Mr Moyo of in­vad­ing their land which was de­mar­cated for graz­ing.

Mr Moyo says the villagers have taken the law into their own hands by not fol­low­ing the proper pro­ce­dures. He ac­cused them of hav­ing ul­te­rior mo­tives to dis­turb his project. The villagers have 10 days to chal­lenge the pro­vi­sional or­der. — @mash­nets

John Raphael Ma­suku’s ten­ants stranded af­ter their evic­tion in Ku­malo, Bu­l­awayo, yes­ter­day.

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