Govt to fin­ish 69 houses for Tsholot­sho flood vic­tims

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Ju­dith Phiri Sun­day News Re­porter

THE Gov­ern­ment has promised to fin­ish the con­struc­tion of the re­main­ing 69 houses for the Tsholot­sho flood vic­tims once re­sources have been made avail­able amid fears that the flood prone area may again be af­fected by floods this rainy sea­son.

The prom­ise comes amid rev­e­la­tions that some fam­i­lies were go­ing back to the ar­eas they were re­moved from to re­vive what re­mained of their home­steads.

In an in­ter­view with Sun­day News, Tsholot­sho Ru­ral Dis­trict Coun­cil chair­per­son Coun­cil­lor Esau Si­wela said the Gov­ern­ment was work­ing on fin­ish­ing con­struc­tion of the 69 houses early 2019 as the process had been stopped due to the un­avail­abil­ity of re­sources.

“Of the 319 houses that had to be con­structed, the Gov­ern­ment has so far com­pleted 250 houses with the re­main­ing 69 ei­ther at con­struc­tion or at foun­da­tion stage. The Pres­i­dent was sup­posed to of­fi­cially hand over the houses to the vic­tims in Novem­ber but ow­ing to un­avail­abil­ity of re­sources we couldn’t fin­ish the houses, a sit­u­a­tion that has seen some vil­lagers liv­ing in tents await­ing the houses to be com­pleted.

“The de­lays are due to the eco­nomic chal­lenges we are fac­ing as a coun­try which have re­sulted in the scarcity of build­ing ma­te­rial but the Pro­vin­cial Min­is­ter, Cde Richard Moyo (Mata­bele­land North) has promised to make fol­low ups un­til the process is fin­ished,” said Clr Si­wela.

He added that some peo­ple had moved into the fin­ished 250 houses with their fam­i­lies.

“As we are in the rainy sea­son some Tshino and Esawud­weni vil­lagers have moved into the fin­ished 250 three-roomed houses and those who are still wait­ing for the re­main­ing houses have been pro­vided with tents to use as tem­po­rary shel­ter.”

Clr Si­wela also noted that not much progress had been made on the clinic and po­lice base which was to be es­tab­lished closer to the vil­lagers’ homes.

“The clinic has been pegged but not much has been done but a bore­hole has been drilled in the area. As for the po­lice base which is 170km from Sipepa they are likely to move so that they can be closer to where the peo­ple were re­lo­cated as crim­i­nals are ben­e­fit­ing from the re­lo­ca­tion ar­range­ments,” he said.

Clr Si­wela also urged vil­lagers to co-op­er­ate with the Gov­ern­ment and avoid re­turn­ing to their old home­steads which were de­stroyed by the floods as oth­ers were said to have re­turned to the low ly­ing Gwayi River area where their live­stock re­mained.

A to­tal of 859 af­fected vil­lagers were re­set­tled from the Gwayi area ow­ing to flood­ing and were shel­tered at Sipepa Hos­pi­tal where a tran­sit camp was set up in Fe­bru­ary last year be­fore the con­struc­tion of the houses by the Gov­ern­ment.

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