Tokwe-Mukosi flood victims walked out halfway through President Robert Mugabe’s speech after he said their request for irrigation plots near the dam would only be considered later.
One of the victims that spoke to NewsDay said:
We were expecting that the President would address our plight and how we were going to benefit from the dam, but instead he just made a passing statement that our issue would be addressed later.
The victims of the Tokwe-Mukosi flood said they were also angry that they were made to wait at the site for more than six hours on empty stomachs, only to be told in the evening that the prepared food was reserved for top government officials only. They also accused the government of seeking to pacify them by releasing their compensation money a few days before the official opening of the dam.
Robert Mugabe is a Zimbabwean revolutionary and statesman who has been President of the Republic of Zimbabwe since 1987. Previously, he was the prime minister of Zimbabwe since the attainment of independence until 1980. He is also the co-founder of the ZANU-PF. By different sections of people both locally and abroad, Mugabe has been viewed as both a ruthless dictator and champion of the previously marginalised interest of the majority black people. Most recently he is most known for leading Zimbabwe into one of its worst periods economically, but also leading the crafting of the land question through the Third Chimurenga exercise of the 2000 - 2010 decade. Read More