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Squatters resurface at Killarney after relocation

More families in Bulawayo have again set up squatter camps in Killarney less than three months after the Bulawayo City Council relocated 197 families to Mazwi village in the outskirts of Phumula suburb.

Council in partnership with International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and World Vision in September this year removed the squatters and settled them in St Peter.

A new squatter Jabulisa Mathe said they decided to invade the area to force the responsible authorities to find them suitable accommodation.

He also said most of the squatters are not employed and cannot afford rented accommodation.

“We wish we could find someone who can help us with little projects so as to earn money for a decent living,” said Mathe. “We are as well waiting for the city council to relocate us from here to a better place just like what they did for others. More people who ran away to other areas during Murambatsvina era have even returned here upon hearing about the relocation.”

Meanwhile, ward 3 Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association (BPRA) chairperson Josphat Sibanda said government has a duty of providing decent accommodation for the residents.

“The government has an obligation to revive industry to create job opportunities for the residents,” said Sibanda. “Nobody in their normal senses will wish to be a squatter once they have enough money to buy or rent a house.”

Area councillor Martin Moyo said council is struggling to end illegal settlers.


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