Tokwe-Mukorsi documentary maker bags journalism gong

HARARE - Terry Mutsvanga has been awarded the 2014 ZimRights Outstanding Journalist award in honour of his immense work in directing and producing a documentary about the Tokwe-Mukorsi flood basin disaster.

The award ceremony is set to be held in Bulawayo  on Friday.

The film, titled “Dhamu: Voices from a Tent”, was produced by Mutsvanga mid-year. It chronicled the forcible displacement of about 3 500 families by the government  from the flooded Tokwe-Mukorsi basin to Chingwizi transit camp following heavy flooding that was triggered by  over spilling of the  incomplete Tokwe-Mukorsi Dam.

The villagers were later dumped  by government at Chingwizi transit camp where they endured more than five months of untold suffering, surviving on meagre donor supplies that were also looted by greedy camp officials as well as police officers.

The camp lacked proper housing structures as well as health and sanitary facilities.

All the experiences narrated by the desperate villagers are captured visually in the 30-minute documentary film.

Mutsvanga said: “I greatly feel honoured to land such a prestigious award and I dedicate it to the people of Chingwizi who are still enduring untold suffering since the forced evictions.

“The government has to be considerate and assist the villagers by compensating them for their losses.

“Again, the government has to provide safety nets to millions of suffering people in the country.” he said.

 

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