Mbare residents seek help

18 January 2017

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MBARE residents have appealed to Government to save them from a sorry state that has resulted due to poor service delivery by the local authority.

The residents in the capital’s oldest high density suburb said if the desperate situation was not addressed, the country might fail to contain the typhoid outbreak.

Mbare is considered the nerve centre of the capital city.

The residents appealed through the Health and Child Care Minister, David Parirenyatwa and Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Saviour Kasukuwere during an environmental health service assessment tour for typhoid in Mbare on Tuesday.

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“Tsvina yamurikuwona iyi is what we live with everyday. I’m glad that you have come on a rainy day and saw what we are exposed to daily.

“I’m not sure if you knew that this was the situation that we are exposed to and if you are being told the truth by your officers.

“Garbage is rarely collected and we don’t have running water so you can imagine what we use for household and drinking.

“I was born in Mbare and for the past 70 years I have lived here, things have never been this bad. These people from council are always lying about refuse collection, this is stage managed whatever you are seeing today but I know they did not manage to cover or hide the mess,” the resident told the Ministers.

“Please help us by ensuring that we have a clean environment with clean water if we are to contain typhoid. If you go into Mbare Musika you will be shocked, the place is filthy yet that is where we get are vegetables and fruits,” he added.

As they toured Mbare Musika, the Ministers were welcomed by maggots and litter right in the heart of the market.

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The farmers complained that while they were paying U$6 to the council daily, the local authority had done ‘absolutely nothing to improve the market’.

“Raw sewage sometimes flows here as we go about our daily business. As you can see maggots are also breeding and the poor state of roads in here has worsened our plight.

“May you please help us, we will play our part in ensuring that we have a clean environment as we earn a living but the council has let us down. What are they using the money they collect here for?”

The farmers and residents concurred that the local authority had let them down.

The residents’ outcry comes in the wake of a typhoid outbreak which has since claimed two lives.

Uncollected garbage, erratic water supplies, leaking sewage, poor drainage system are among the myriad of challenges the residents are facing.

The two Ministers addressing journalists after the tour admitted that the situation in Mbare was a ‘disaster’ and typhoid cannot be contained under such circumstances.

“This is a disaster, it’s a disaster lets deal with it. This situation is deplorable and we have to do something about it. It’s shocking rather,” Minister Kasukuwere said.

“We will not be able to get rid of typhoid, cholera and diarrhoeal disease as long as we have conditions like these, we will still not have a solution unless this is addressed.

“The worms that are breeding in the market, the sewage and all is appalling. We need to do something otherwise we will never get rid of these diseases,” Minister Parirenyatwa added.