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‘Binga people bitter’

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A Zimbabwe Christian Alliance official says Binga residents are bitter over their marginalisation and exclusion from the country’s development agenda.

The organisation’s executive director Reverend Useni Sibanda, who was part of a delegation that toured Binga recently, yesterday said traditional leaders in the area accused government of treating them like second-class citizens.

Sibanda told NewsDay the delegation comprised representatives from the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee and the Organ for National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration.
“They do not feel part of the sovereign country as they feel excluded,” he said.

“There is no development in Binga. They don’t even have tarred roads and the people there don’t feel they are part of Zimbabwe.

“They are in pain because of this. For example, the Matabeleland Zambezi Water Project was another thing that was a cause for concern for the people in Binga.

“The water will be piped from there to bring water for people in Bulawayo.

”The people in Binga were displaced because of the Kariba Dam.

“They are there next door to (Zambezi River) but the water is being piped from there to Bulawayo.”

He said Binga residents were hopeful that devolution of power would address some of the imbalances and ensure equitable distribution of resources.

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