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New Wave of Evictions in Harare Township

In a move reminiscent of Zimbabwe's May-July slum-clearance campaign, authorities evicted at least 200 families from their shacks and hovels on the Tsiga sports grounds in the surburb of Mbare early Monday morning, human rights sources said.

Some of those displaced had settled in Mbare’s open spaces after their homes were demolished several months ago in Operation Murambatsvina, or “Drive Out Trash," an undertaking which the government of President Robert Mugabe said was intended to improve living conditions but which drew the censure of the United Nations.

Correspondent David Mutomba of VOA’s Studio 7 for Zimbabwe reported from Harare on this latest official move against those living in conditions deemed illegal.

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