By Brighton Chiseva
Government says it has released $5 906 400 million to compensate the Chingwizi people who were displaced by the floods in in the Tugwi-Mukosi basin back in February 2014.
Masvingo Provincial Administrator (PA) Fungai Mbetsa confirmed the development and said the money was already in the appropriate account.
He said after the verification process, the beneficiaries will start to receive their money.
“We received the balance which will cover the remaining 80 percent owed to the flood victims who have been settled in Chingwizi and we will start doing transfers soon.
On Monday, we will visit Chingwizi to do a verification process especially on banking details if they are still the same and making sure that the beneficiaries are still the same,” said Mbetsa
Mbetsa said about 2 000 beneficiaries who benefited from the initial 20 percent pay-out in 2017-18 were the ones who were going to benefit from the latest allocation.
On those who died, Mbetsa said the heir or the estate executor will come forward and get the money on behalf of the family.
The amount each person will receive will be determined by the number of property lost when they were moved mainly from Chivi district to Chingwizi.
Mbetsa said the money was meant to help victims built their homes while the government finds them more land for agriculture.
He said the province’s priority was to make sure that the Chingwizi people get irrigable land because the area they were relocated to is small and dry therefore not practise farming.
“One of the province’s priorities now is to make sure that Chingwizi people do not remain social welfare cases where they rely on food hand-outs. We are looking for land where they can do irrigation and benefit from the water that displaced them.
We understand that the one hectare they were allocated to is not enough for them since their families are growing and also that the land is dry,” said Mbetsa