Some 2.5 million Zimbabweans remain mired in poverty two years after the Harare government promised to build housing for the victims of Operation Murambatsvina, its forced eviction and demolition campaign that dislocated thousands of families.
Murambatsvina means "Drive Out Trash" in the indigenous Shona language.
Its successor, Operation Garikai, or “Live Well,” was supposed to provide homes to those displaced by Operation Murambatsvina. But the National Association of Non-Governmental Organizations said in a report issued this week, entitled “The Operation Garikai-Hlalani Kuhle National audit within the context of social accountability,” that Operation Garikai has been a “total failure,” helping few of the victims.
The report noted that as of June 2006, not a single person had benefited from the program in towns like Kadoma, Midlands, while a mere handful got housing in Gweru and Bulawayo, because most people could not afford the requisite deposits.
In Harare, some families had to accept housing with no running water or toilets.
NANGO spokesman Fambai Ngirande told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that many Murambatsvina victims continue to die quietly - as in the case of a woman in the Harare suburb of Mbare who died early Wednesday.