Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Targeting the poor in Zimbabwe. The Independent reports.
See also this Reuters report on people who are still homeless after the government-sponsored demolition drive that uprooted 700,000 from Zimbabwe's cities last year. Sadly, the article shows that the political opposition is feckless. Consider this comment: "We are not against the clean-up exercise per se, but what we are saying is that the government should have built new houses first, before demolishing the old ones. The whole thing was done in reverse," said Innocent Gonese, an opposition legislator who sits on a parliamentary committee on housing.
Well, yes. But even building new housing must be done in concert with squatters, who have often lived in their illegal homes for decades.