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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 September 2006, 23:09 GMT 00:09 UK
New Zimbabwe housing is a 'sham'
Man cooking on a fire
The evictions left hundreds of thousands of people homeless
Zimbabwe has failed to keep its promise to build new homes for the thousands whose houses were demolished last year, says lobby group Amnesty International.

An Amnesty report found that just 3,325 new homes had been built, while 92,460 had been knocked down.

Many of those described as "built" lack doors, windows and even floors.

Zimbabwe's government has denied previous similar accusations as "absolutely not true". It said the demolitions were to clean up cities.

Amnesty researchers found one man living in what was supposed to be a toilet in the tourist resort of Victoria Falls.

They also found a family living in the bathroom of a house shared by three other families in the second city, Bulawayo.


The rebuilding programme "is little short of a public relations exercise which the government of Zimbabwe is using to cover up its mass human rights violations," says Amnesty International UK Director Kate Allen.

You hope that there was a reason for why this happened, a cause for us to suffer
"Bad Company" (nickname)
An affected Zimbabwean

"What is particularly tragic is that most of the people who were violently evicted from their homes during last year's Operation Murambatsvina were amongst the poorest people in Zimbabwe."

Last month, a Zimbabwean minister, Didymus Mutasa, dismissed similar accusations made by church groups.

Asked how many new houses had been built, Mr Mutasa replied: "I can't tell you the number immediately, I will have to check. But everyone in the country whether affected by Murambatsvina or not is being considered for decent housing."


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