The Resettlement: Planning and Implementation

  • Julia Tischler
Part of the Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series book series (CIPCSS)


To those today who look beyond the dam’s impressive size and technical achievements, the image of Kariba is stained by the notorious resettlement operation it necessitated. Much hardship would have been avoidable, had the Federal Government chosen the smaller Kafue scheme — and thereby an evacuation of ‘merely’ 1000 as compared to 45,000 people.1 The resettlement question however did not even impact upon the decision-making process. When Huggins announced his decision to proceed with Kariba, he swiftly justified the evacuations, presenting industrialisation as an up-to-date approach to ‘native advancement’:

It is vital that we have this cheap power so that we can industrialise and employ our rapidly increasing African population. Fiddling about with bits of land is no answer to our problem. The available land is limited but the African population is not. A permanent solution can only be found by industrialisation…2


Bare Breast Native Policy Tsetse Control Native Affair Indirect Rule 
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© Julia Tischler 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Julia Tischler
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  1. 1.Humboldt-Universität zu BerlinBerlinGermany

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