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The after effects of operation restore order

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Recent statements by the government that they will build new houses for victims of the recently announced government clampdown on illegal structures brings back memories of the 2005 Operation Murambatsvina.

I remember in 2005 when the government of Zimbabwe pulled down “illegal structures” many people were promised decent accommodation under Garikai/Hlalani Khule but were later dumped at Caledonia Farm near Tafara on the outskirts of Harare. Only a handful benefited from Operation Garikai/Hlalani Khule as the allocation process was done on party lines.

From one “Operation” to another seven years on government of Zimbabwe issues another warning to get rid of all illegal structures in urban settlements. After Operation Murambatsvina it was promised that service delivery would improve and sanity would prevail in urban areas but most urban areas still face water shortages, the roads are a disgrace and sewage outbursts are perennial rivers in most high-density areas.

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