CHOLERA OUTBREAK: STATE OF GROSS NEGLIGENCE

CWA chairperson Hildaberta Rwambiwa (centre) flanked by Mfundo Mlilo (Left) and Samuel Wadzai (Right) and Marvelous Khumalo (Extreme Right)

By Zimsentinel Reporter

Community Water Alliance (CWA) has referred to the sudden Cholera and Typhoid outbreak in Glenview (area 3 and 8) and Budiriro (area 1) as an act of complete carelessness by the Harare City Council through its District Office in Glenview for failing to act promptly to sewer bursts and its continued water cuts.

Addressing the media in Harare this morning, the Chairperson of CWA Hildaberta Rwambiwa said, “This outbreak has come primarily as a result of unattended sewer bursts and inconsistent water supply which have seen residents resorting to unsafe sources of water like wells and boreholes”.

She added that the problem of water supplies and sewer bursts remains the most contributors to the current and past outbreaks of cholera and typhoid.

Resident’s representative, Joyline Nyajuku said “I called the District Office two weeks ago and informed them of sewer bursts but they said that they do not have fuel. I even sent a whatsapp message to the District officer himself but he blue-ticked me and remained silent”.

Rwambiwa said, “Water services remain the cash cow of the City and yet it is the service that continues to suffer under the disguise that residents are not paying bills”

With great concern the CWA, Chitungwiza and Manyame Rural Residents Association, Combined Harare Residents Association and the Vendors Initiative for Social and Economic Transformation have implored the government to resuscitate the public sector investment that will provide resources to dilapidated water supplies to get rid of needless loss of life every year.

 

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