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Undercover Agents Suspected in Harare Holding Camp

Concern is growing about the conditions in which thousands of people are being held at Caledonia Farm, a holding facility near Harare for families displaced by Operation Murambatsvina. Sources reported gross human rights abuses including lack of shelter and water in the facility, in which the displaced families according to some reports are held as near-prisoners.

The government is suspected of planting secret service agents among families at Caledonia Farm. The agents are believed to be present to monitor sentiment among the displaced people held there and also to keep track of who visits the camp and provides aid to those held there. The government said conditions at what it calls a “reception center” do not require outside aid, as it does not constitute a crisis.

Studio 7 reporter Jonga Kandemiiri spoke with Collet Dube, MDC District Chairman for Mabvuku-Tafara, about the security situation on the farm that now holds thousands.