Amnesty International Zimbabwe has criticised the Zimbabwean government for failing to fully compensate those who were displaced during the Murambatsvina 7 years ago when the government demolished illegal structures in urban areas.
Speaking at the commemorations of World Habitat Day that were held at the Bulawayo City Hall on Monday Cousin Zilala, Amnesty International country director said the government has not adequately provided for the people who lost their homes in 2005 as it has not fully met their demands of shelter, education, health and sanitation.
Zilala said the shortage of resources should not be used as an excuse for failing to adhere to basic human needs provision but the government should seek international assistance to show willingness in supporting victims.
“The government should work hard and show interest in compensating the people in the Garikai/Hlalani Kuhle as most of them still do not have proper shelter, education and a decent means of living,” said Zilala.
Speaking at the same commemorations, researcher for the organisation in Southern Africa Simeon Mawanza said government should strive to guarantee security of tenure.
“We are calling upon the government to guarantee security of tenure so as to make sure that residents have a permanent and protected places where they can settle and plan their future. Shelter is a basic human right,” Mawanza said.
Meanwhile, Amnesty International is expected to tour Mazwi Village a new settlement which accommodates resettled squatters from the Killarney Camps to ascertain the living conditions there.
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in more than 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights.