Hundreds of villagers in Chimanimani are set to be relocated from areas susceptible to natural disasters as happened recently with Cyclone Idai.
Reports indicate that all members of Parliament from Manicaland, (23 ZANU PF) and (4 MDC) have agreed that the villagers should be relocated to safety.
Ward 8 councillor Gift Mtetwa (MDC Alliance), who is part of the party’s taskforce chaired by Women Assembly boss Lynette Karenyi-Kore said:
We have identified places such as Nhedziwa, Parkview and Nhuka.
We have reached a stalemate on the issue of Nhuka because there are illegal settlers there. So we are arguing that we can’t relocate people to where illegal settlers are staying.
We have already decided to terminate contracts of all students who were on attachment. This was after one student died during Cyclone Idai.
We have about 20 students who are on attachment with us. We have at least four tertiary institutions who have been calling us to find out if their students were safe.
Chimanimani Rural District Council chairman Reuben Mujee confirmed the development. He said:
Yes, we have resolved to relocate the families. We have identified places and we are not forcing them to relocate, but I think it’s a good place.
I recently helped to retrieve two bodies from Nyanyadzi irrigation, I am still traumatised about the ordeal.
Some settlements in Chimanimani, such as Machongwe, Kopa and Madhomeni were completely destroyed by flash floods and hundreds of people lost their lives.