Respect human life

HARARE - The ruthless eviction of 300 people settled along the Manzou Valley plain of Mazowe, in Chiweshe Communal Lands must be totally condemned.

This is a greed-induced endeavour by those claiming to hold utmost power to boot out anyone of their choice.                                                                                                      

Those villagers have been there for a long period, and had established permanent shelter and enjoyed various forms of livelihoods.

They were cultivating crops and rearing livestock. That part of land is, therefore, their birthright and must not be violated in any form.

For anyone to wake up and order their forced eviction is ruthless and unwelcome.

Considering the vastness of land that has been acquired by the First Lady Grace Mugabe, with the obvious backing of her husband, President Robert  Mugabe, there must be no need to continue to cause the suffering of innocent Zimbabweans by grabbing more land and denying them their birthright and plunder resources from them.

Grace has done it before, on several occasions, grabbing land on every part of Zimbabwe, without any hindrance.

The level of poverty, unemployment, industrial closures, brain drain, displacements and vice elements has increased due to such poor policies which allow individuals to disrupt and grab resources from defenceless institutions.

This is poor governance by the executive powers that be; as they have the capacity to curb this if they so wish.

At one time, the governor and Resident minister of Mashonaland Central, Martin Dinha, announced that if the First Lady wanted more land, he could provide her as there were vast expanses of under-utilised land.

We, therefore, begin to wonder why Grace didn’t bother to select any other part of unoccupied land, for her activities.

A proper strategic plan could have been made in advance, and assess the cost-benefit thereof, and if possible, and at least, allow the fair relocation and compensation of the evictees.

The affected 300 and more evictees have no basic necessities to survive.

The current rainy season has exacerbated their suffering.

Children’s school programmes have been disrupted, causing psychological trauma.

The use of State apparatus to  displace the Manzou residents is deplorable.

Political parties must not take ordinary people for granted by wooing them in times of voting only to dump them later when they got into power.

Instead of giving a helping hand to the victims of floods in Mashonaland Central, in particular in Mbire and Muzarabani districts, they waste resources in abusing helpless citizens. 

We should all assist in providing rehabilitation of such displaced people.

Also, there must be focus on assisting other political victims who are suffering around the country, as some have lost breadwinners or parents murdered due to political violence thus rendering them even more poor and vulnerable to any situation.

This is creating high poverty levels in Zimbabwe, coupled with rising vices such as prostitution, drug abuse, burglary, and theft.

We need to reduce the impact of this victimisation on individual beings or groups of people by defending citizens from abuse and provide solutions in order to restore their dignity and integrity.

Let the whole world, and the perpetrators of this abuse know that we are all equal before God.

Let us all respect human life, as no one has the right  to suffocate a person and make him or her suffer. It is inhuman.

*Dambaza is the chairperson of Zimbabwe People Protection Forum                                                                                   

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