Victims cry foul over stand allocations
By Lance Guma
22 July 2005
Weeks after being evicted from their homes many victims
of operation 'murambatsvina' have expressed outrage at the manner
in which the few new stands available are being allocated to Zanu
Themba Ndlovu who lost his home in Bulawayo says
the non-Constituent Member of Parliament representing Zanu PF, Mr
Satiya, has been tasked with compiling the list of beneficiaries
for the Bulawayo area. Predictably the list is stuffed with known
Zanu PF supporters, while those from the MDC are being excluded.
Ndlovu says he confronted officials over the omission
of his name from the list and was bluntly told he supported the
wrong party. Others are simply being told the waiting list has 12
000 people, when in fact application forms are being distributed
within Zanu PF structures. Another victim, Dongwana Ngwenya, a vocal
MDC sympathizer, has also been left out leading to conclusions that
Mugabe's regime is diluting the urban population with its own supporters.
Opposition supporters on the other hand are being forced into the
rural areas where feared youth militia and chiefs are expected to
keep an eye on them.
In another example of the patronage system being
used the National Railways of Zimbabwe has apparently tasked a war
veteran known only as Sandayedza to compile a list of employees
who should benefit from a relocation scheme for new houses. Its
Westgate complex in Bulawayo has been designated an industrial area
and tenants are to be offered new stands elsewhere. Instead of moving
everyone, officials are drawing up a list of known Zanu PF members
who will take up the new stands.