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Govt should not worship capital

06 Mar 2021 at 06:17hrs | Views
THE proposed relocation of Chilonga villagers in Chiredzi district to pave way for a private farming project has attracted a lot of debate given that they are being moved from their ancestral land against their will.

The story has taken a political twist with opposition parties and civic society organisations siding with the villagers and Zanu-PF pushing for the evictions.

However, I think the government did a disservice to the whole issue. It created a storm in a cup of tea.

The people of Chilonga ought to be consulted and according to the Constitution, they do have a right to live in their ancestral land. What is so special about this piece of land that it warrants the eviction of over 12 000 people?

Unless the government consults stakeholders in such projects, it is bound to face resistance. Unilateralism is the new dispensations' biggest undoing. The government should explain to Zimbabwe why the Dendairy project is being deemed of national importance.

These are the consequences of worshipping capital.

Source - newsday
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