Parly Committee to visit flood victims

The Zimbabwe Parliamentary Committee for Peace and Security is set to visit areas affected by the recent floods in Masvingo and parts of Matabeleland from March 21.

The chairperson for the committee, Senator Damian Mumvuri, told The Zimbabwean his committee was concerned about the situation.

“Floods deprive people of their peace and put state security at risk,” he said, adding that the committee would embark on the visit despite the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing having failed to show up at Parliament to give oral evidence regarding the situation in the flooded areas.

The ministry’s permanent secretary and his top officials were recently asked by the committee to make a presentation, but it sent a junior officer to give the required oral evidence, prompting the committee to threaten disciplinary measures for contempt of Parliament.

“My committee only changed its mind after learning that the permanent secretary was on leave while the acting secretary was in China on official business,” Mumvuri said.

Some 60, 00 people were affected by floods at the Tokwe-Mukosi Dam in Masvingo. Upstream, over 2,500 households were displaced as a result of the floods. Another 4,000 households downstream Tokwe-Mukosi Dam are also at risk.

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