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THE debacle that has been characterising the Tokwe-Mukosi disaster continues with 400 Mwenezi families said to be up for prosecution for fraudulently presenting themselves as victims of the February flood disaster.

The villagers are accused of “sneaking” into the Chingwizi holding camp during relocation and pretending to be victims of the disaster in order to also benefit from free accommodation at the camp, where thousands have been living under tent accommodation while accessing various donations from well wishers.

Out of the said 3 500 affected families, it is said, only 3 100 were genuine victims of the disaster while 400 were pretenders.

Victims of the Tokwe-Mukosi disaster have been promised compensation by government for losing their livelihoods, on top of irrigation plots in areas serviced by the large dam.

Currently the Civil Protection Unit has been giving each family at Chingwizi free monthly rations of mealie-meal, cooking oil, soap, beans, kapenta.

This, it is said, was expected to continue for 12 months while each family also received a tent to set up a temporary shelter.

Because of this, it is further said, the number of families dwelling at Chingwizi has inexplicably risen.

The fake victims are suspected to be villagers from surrounding areas in Mwenezi, Triangle and Chiredzi.

Masvingo Provincial Affairs Minister, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti said the pretenders would be prosecuted.

He said bona fide flood victims would soon receive acknowledgement of debt documents indicating compensation owed by government.

Bhasikiti told the Herald the said amounts would be based on the value of the lost homes and property as per evaluation done prior to their relocation.

He said villagers whose names do not appear on the official list of families displaced by Tokwe-Mukosi floods would have to explain how they got into Chingwizi camp.

“Everyone who got into Chingwizi camp through unscrupulous means will be treated as a criminal and will be liable to prosecution for receiving free food, clothes and other forms of aid fraudulently. We have records which prove who the bona fide flood victims are,” he said.

Bhasikiti also ruled out the possibility of some of the unscrupulous villagers getting irrigation plots.

“We do not arbitrarily allocate plots to the flood victims. We use our records and those whose names do not appear in the records will have to explain how they ended up in the camp,” he said.

Of the affected families, it is said, only 806 have been allocated permanent plots outside the crowded holding camp.

However, since heavy rainfall caused the partial collapse of the Tokwe-Mukosi dam wall and the resultant flooding early February in Chivhi, the Tokwe-Mukosi story has been that of drama and controversy.

Some more militant villagers, who have resisted relocation before they were compensated, were early this week reported to have turned riotous, tearing tent accommodation in protest over government’s apparent reluctance to honour its promises.

Source : New Zimbabwe