MASHAVA – Disso and Bere locations in Mashava area are sitting on a cholera time bomb as water and sanitation problems continue to worsen at a time the country is facing a cholera outbreak.
Disso location, with a total of 208 households, is the most affected as the area does not have even a single functional toilet following the closure of the four overflowing Blair toilets.
Masvingo Rural District Council (RDC) Ward 5 councillor, Aleta Makomeke lamented the crisis, saying she was working with the local legislator Ezra Chadzamira, who has also been appointed Minister of State for Masvingo provincial Affairs, to sink boreholes for the people.
“There is a serious crisis at Disso, the few toilets which were there are now full and people have resorted to using the bush yet there is no running water to wash hands. The MP is working to provide boreholes through a government programme which is underway,” said Makomeke.
She said the situation needed urgent attention and called upon the corporate world to join hands before the outbreak of diseases.
“I am calling upon the corporate world, churches and non-governmental organisations and individual well-wishers to help us with movable toilets and water bowsers before something really bad happens,” she said.
Christian Care, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), recently visited the area to assess the situation after Makomeke presented the dire state of affairs in the area to the Masvingo Civil Protection Committee.
The organisation’s programmes officers, Andrew Chari and Brian Mangundu recently toured Disso and Bere townships where they urged people to at least dig holes to bury their stool when they go to relieve themselves in the bush until normal water supplies are restored.
They also promised to bring water purification tablets to the area for people to add to the raw water they get from a Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) pipe running to Mashava campus.
People living in Disso are mainly immigrant labourers and their families who came from Malawi and Zambia several decades ago when the now closed Shabani Mashava Mines were still thriving.