06 March 2017, ZVISHAVANE - There seems to be no end in sight to the problems of burst sewer pipes in Zvishavane despite the sacking of council chairperson, Esau Gwatipedza Dube by the Minister of Local Governance Public Works and National Housing, Savior Kasukuwere, on allegations of corruption and incompetence.
Dube was fired in January reportedly at the instigation of Town Secretary, Tinoda Mukutu, for allegedly failing to execute his duties.
There is, however, no evidence to date that service delivery is improving in the town as pools of raw sewage and erratic water supplies of questionable quality being the order of the day.
Roads are also riddled with enormous potholes and things have worsened with the heavy rains that have been pounding the town of late.
A sewage pool near PG Hardware has not been attended to for several weeks and it has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
The pool started as a pot hole which was neglected until it grew bigger with a burst sewer pipe nearby acting as its tributary.
A few meters from the pool lies a fruit and vegetable market with the popular Madeira Restaurant and other food outlets also close by.
A woman who sells food on the streets accused council of prioritising self-enrichment and partisan politics at the expense of service delivery.
"We thought we were going to see improvement now that the chairperson, who was accused of incompetence and corruption, is now gone. But what do we have now beside a deterioration of services and the I don't care attitude of the bosses?
"It was all about politics and nothing else. The chairperson was fired simply because he belonged to the wrong party," said the vendor.
No comment could be obtained from Mukutu by the time of going to print.pictures, local