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INTERNATIONAL rights lobby group, Human Rights Watch (HRW) is pleased with the work being done by state institutions to alleviate the suffering of villagers displaced by floods in Masvingo last year, senior researcher Dewa Mavhinga has said.

Mavhinga said this to Newzimbabwe.com hours after meeting with the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) chairperson Elasto Mugwadi in Harare last week.

The meeting came in the aftermath of a damning HRW report that condemned government’s heavy handedness in dealing with flood victims.

“We had a very positive and constructive meeting with ZHRC officials in which they confirmed they undertook an initial investigation into the plight of the Tokwe-Mukorsi villagers in August 2014 as part of the commission’s constitutional mandate.

“Their report will be presented to parliament by Justice Minister and Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa. ZHRC promised to study our report to see if there are additional issues we raised that would warrant further investigative missions,” Mavhinga said.

“We are pleased that the ZHRC is focusing on the plight of the flood victims and hope government will speedily implement the recommendations on the protection and promotion of the rights of the villagers”.

Mugwadi confirmed the meeting and added that the ZHRC’s report and the one published by HRW had similar findings.

“Our report and the one published by Human Rights Watch are not very different. Their findings and our findings are not very dissimilar. We discussed collaborative efforts. The similarities in the reports range from the lack of adequate compensation, failure by government to consult properly and stick to promises made before the movement and that some villagers need not have been moved,” said Mugwadi.

He said his Commission also agreed with HRW’s findings that some people who had been moved might need to be allowed to return.

Source : New Zimbabwe

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