Zim towns run dry, residents call for action

via Zim towns run dry as residents call for urgent action | SW Radio Africa By Alex Bell

Various towns in Zimbabwe are battling with acute water shortages, leading to calls from residents that urgent action be taken to restore proper services.

Shortages have been reported in and around Zimbabwe’s major cities, and in Harare at least seven suburbs have had little to no water for well over a week.

The Harare Residents Trust said that areas like Glen Norah, Glen View, Budiriro, Highfield and Kuwadzana have been badly affected, with the city council blaming old equipment and high demand for the water woes.

Precious Shumba, the director of the Residents Trust, said the worst affected area has been Chitungwiza, which has faced serious shortages for about three weeks. The high density area was the centre of the cholera epidemic that swept Zimbabwe in late 2008, leaving thousands dead. Shumba said nothing has been done since then to ensure that residents have access to clean water, which is essential in preventing water borne diseases like cholera.

“The water situation remains critical and people remain at risk because residents are resorting to digging wells and boreholes without following proper regulations. So the threats of diseases like typhoid and cholera remain very high,” Shumba told SW Radio Africa.

He added that residents are desperate for action, and called on the incoming council leadership to prioritise the water and sanitation issues plaguing the capital city.

Meanwhile the City of Gweru and its immediate surroundings were also battling serious water shortages this week, with the authorities reportedly citing an equipment breakdown at the local water plant. In a statement released on Wednesday, Gweru Town Clerk Daniel Matawu said the water challenges were likely to last for the whole of this week. He said the water challenges were a result of a burnt motor at ‘Range Booster’.

“The Gweru City Council would like to inform all the residents of Gweru that one of the pump sets at our Range Booster has developed a serious fault. The fault involves a burnt motor,” he said.

The water problems across the country come as ZANU PF has been insisting that Western imposed targeted sanctions are to blame for the problems dogging Zimbabwe, including issues like cholera outbreaks. This is despite the fact that over the past three decades Robert Mugabe’s government has put no money into the upkeep of local infrastructure, needed to ensure basic services are available to residents.


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    Pamberi na Zunpf. To all those that voted for Mugabe you ain’t seen nothing yet.

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    boyboy 11 years ago

    stupid voters must suffer. Mdc worked 2 improve lives but they chose 2 vote 4 poverty

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      Nhamodzenyika 10 years ago

      Boy Boy Boy Boy!Boy!.You have to understand that The MDC won council seats in most towns, and furthermore few people voted for Zanu PF. Mugabe and his party stole the election and we can not blame the victim of mismanagement. We should rather be able to confront the common enemy. Its surprising how diaspora arm chair politicians try to belittle the efforts of the cadres in the war zone.

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    This is what defines zpf.they do nt put pple 1st, bt themselves 1st.

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    munzwa 11 years ago

    you steal something then you reap the consequences, go zanu go!!!!

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    masango 11 years ago

    No worries guys, enter Obert Gutu and all Harare woos are a thing of the past! Nhai? Lets wait and see… Once we had an engineer called Mudzuri who knew what he was trained to do and politics carried the light of day. Yet still we keep on trying.

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    …as expected…

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    Kusvikazvanaka 11 years ago

    Who cares..it’s a man eat man…kana kuheroes acre tikaendesa 5 to 12 mvura ichauya…it’s a matter of sacrificing so soldier on comrades

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    Cry the beloved country. That Zulu boy from Nkandla destroyed our hope. Now we have to flood his streets selling all kinds of things. I am sure he likes it like that so that he can pick and chose our beautiful ladies. And also these South African women enjoy Zimbabwean men’s anacondas so they don’t want to let go of these poor hard working men.

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    simon 10 years ago

    excellent job zanu-pf……maybe its better we go back to living in caves it was even more civilised than now already. Here comes cholera..here comes darkenss…..here comes only toilet rolls on supermarket shelves and here comes queues from here to hongkong for a bit of petrol…….don’t we just love Zanu-pf!!!!!