The government has finally intervened in the matter of disabled people who were evicted from Masterton Cheshire Home three weeks ago after losing a legal battle.
The evicted persons have been implored to move to decent accommodation at the Ruwa Rehabilitation Centre as an interim measure while their concerns are being looked into.
The disabled people who had been served with a seizure and attachment order from the High Court, in March this year were evicted by the Sherriff on the 18th of last month and have been staying outside the flat.
The group endured the chilly night weather conditions and mosquito bites for three weeks and were refusing to budge.
This Tuesday (today), The Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Cde Prisca Mupfumira, some senators representing people with disabilities and disabled persons activists and concerned residents met at Cheshire flat to find a solution to the challenge as it was apparent that most of the disabled people are nursing various health conditions and their health was deteriorating due to the conditions that they are being exposed to.
Minister Mupfumira said the government is concerned with their grievances and a temporary shelter has been secured for the disabled evictees at Ruwa Rehabilitation Centre while their matter is being looked into.
Mr Lewis Garaba chairperson of the group dismissed as false most of the claims being made by the Leonard Cheshire Zimbabwe board of trustees that they once rejected an offer of flats and loans extended to them by the organisation, while a concerned citizen Mr Chimuti who has been assisting the disabled people appealed to the government to investigate the interests of the trust which is being accused of allegedly tempering with documents and forged some papers to win the case in the courts.
Senators Anna Shiri and Mashavave who represent the disabled people in parliament also added their voices saying the rights of the disabled must be respected as in the United Nations Charter of which Zimbabwe has ratified.
The government has also promised the disabled people that they will be assisted to start income generating projects and will be given start up capital after their profiles have been properly compiled.
The Cheshire saga started in 2009 when the former chairperson of the Leonard Cheshire disability trust Mr Ben Chikwanha engaged the courts to evict the disabled persons who lived at the flat.
The trust which is now managing the property argue that the people’s stay at the institution was not meant to be permanent as it is a transit home.