At a Community meeting facilitated by CHRA in Kambuzuma, it emerged that residents are living with raw sewage bursts due to the failure by the City of Harare to repair them.

Engineer Musikavanhu, the head of waste water in Harare Water cited fuel challenges as an impediment to the sewer repairs.

“The challenge that we are facing as council is fuel to attend to sewer bursts timeously, we normally receive fuel on Mondays but it has not been consistent to enable us to deliver our responsibilities effectively,” said Engineer Musikavanhu. Residents lamented that council employees are not attending to sewer bursts exposing them to waterborne diseases.

Some City plumbers are demanding payment in United States dollars for them to attend to the bursts. The situation has been compounded by lack of political representation.

“Our councilor has been recalled and there is no one who can represent our issues to the council we are stuck,” said an angry old woman.

The ponds of unrepaired sewer bursts have become playing places for children. Kambuzuma section 1, 2, 4 and 6 are the most affected areas by the bursts. This development comes at a time when council clinics have been closed.

CHRA, implores the council to take action to resolve sewer bursts and open clinics in Kambuzuma.

Source: Combined Harare Residents Association