Villagers To Be Relocated For Batoka Hydro-Power Station

Zambezi River Authority chief executive Munyaradzi Munodawafa has revealed that the government will be required to relocate hundreds of villagers to make way for the Baroka Batoka Gorge Hydro-Electric Scheme. The power project is a joint venture between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Said Munodawafa,

As you know that when you are developing a huge project the law says it should be 40km away from settlements. But now when we are envisaged to start our project there are villages that are 2km away, which means that if we are going to follow the 40km provisions, there is going to be massive removal of the villages to new settlements in both countries.

What is going to happen to those villagers is we look at what each individual has. There is a threshold — the minimum for compensation, like if you almost have nothing we give you a three-roomed house with few amenities there, but if someone has put investment in it, we will put more or less equivalent to that. We need to conclude our feasibility study for the transmission lines and when it comes out it has to be done before the end of the year.

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2 comments on “Villagers To Be Relocated For Batoka Hydro-Power Station

  1. hold on there Mr Munyaradzi you seem to me like a cruel guy.

    you say if I have nothing? when I’m giving away the comfort of my life and family for national development?

    why not consider even improving the lives of those you seem to be mocking& scolding by referring to them getting three rooms and a few amenities?

    give them a better life!

    enhance their livelihoods!

    their lives should improve because they are giving up their land for the good of the country. goddamn!

    what a cruel man you are.

    & the organization you work for
    a cruel authority.

    a cruel government of Zimbabwe.

    we need a departure from the suffering the Tonga people went through because of Kariba.

    come of guys you can do better.
    don’t repeat the same mistakes.

    I cry for you my beautiful Zimbabwe and the beautiful Zimbabwean people.

    1. Dude just shut up.
      They are being compensated for the greater good of our nation including THEM. Now we are beginning to see that Bob was probably right in censoring our speech. Disrespectful and ill thought out comment there.

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Villagers To Be Relocated For Batoka Hydro-Power Station