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Zimbabwe NGOs To Mark 2nd Anniversary of State Clean Up Campaign

More than 30 of Zimbabwe's non-government organizations, plan to launch an eight week commemoration Friday, of the 2005 government clean up campaign, Operation Murambatsvina.

According to the United Nations, which sent a special envoy to assess the impact of the 2005 clean up operation, more than 700 000 people reportedly lost their homes and livelihood.

Networking officer Rashid Mahiya of the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition which is coordinating the events, says Friday's event will kick of with a prayer meeting.

Information Minister Sikhanyiso Ndlovu declined an interview with studio seven, but said the government is committed to developing a better place for the displaced people, but declined to state exactly how many people had been relocated and accommodated.

Mahiya told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that he hopes the activities will remind the public of the plight of those who lost their homes during the demolitions.

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