CHIVHU – The shortage of water in Chivhu has led to an increase in open defecation especially at the area adjacent to Chivhu Food Court, with business owners now requesting council to quickly find a solution.
The local business community has raised alarm as the open space has become a health hazard affecting such businesses as furniture maker Mafika Investments, Chivhu Food Court and vendors at Masvingo bus terminus.
Travellers from across the country relieve themselves in the small bushy area especially during the night since toilets at the food court are often closed due to non-availability of water.
Since the beginning of load-shedding, pumping capacity at the water works declined and businesses like Chicken Inn are now closing their toilets during the night.
“My business is suffering because we are closest to the area. Cross-border travellers and others have turned this place into a big stink. During the night, Chicken Inn closes its toilets due to water shortages and people line up here to relieve themselves,” said Mafika Investments director, Ronald Mafika.
He urged council to quickly find solutions, saying the open space was also becoming an illegal dumpsite.
Mafika Investments has already written to council for permission to develop the area into a recreational park as a way of bringing value to the piece of land and reverse its deterioration into a faeces-strewn illegal dumpsite.
“I write this letter requesting for your response to my letter dated 18/09/2018 about developing the space adjacent to Chicken Inn into a recreational park. Time is not on our side as people are using the area as a bush toilet …. People are littering and defecating on the open space,” reads part of the letter.
Another letter, dated August 30, 2019, requesting permission to build ablution facilities at the area had not been responded to by the time of writing.
The letter reads: I write this letter to ask permission to build some toilet cabins with septic tanks. I am prepared to do that even in partnership with council ……This is worsened by passengers who disembark from buses with the intention of relieving themselves at Chicken Inn only to discover that the toilets are closed due to the non-flow of water as a result of erratic electricity supplies.
No comment could be obtained from Chikomba Rural District Council (RDC) council by the time of going to print.