The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BULAWAYO, Satur­day, Novem­ber 9, 1991 — Some po­lice of­fi­cers, par­tic­u­larly those liv­ing with their fam­i­lies at Ross Camp in Bulawayo, have com­plained bit­terly about the tem­po­rary water cuts which were re­cently in­tro­duced by au­thor­i­ties at the camp. They said the mea­sures would cause a se­ri­ous haz­ard.

While they ac­cepted that they wasted water, the au­thor­i­ties should have found an­other way of sav­ing water rather than cut­ting sup­plies. Most po­lice­men were now go­ing to work with­out bathing as a re­sult of water re­stric­tions. One po­lice­man, Cde Patrick Muzenda, said the mea­sures were not ac­cept­able as the per­son re­spon­si­ble for mon­i­tor­ing the pro­gramme was not stick­ing to the agreed timetable.

“Un­der the timetable, water sup­plies are open from 6AM to 8AM, 2PM to 4PM and 6PM to 7.30PM. How­ever, what is hap­pen­ing here is a con­tin­u­ous clo­sure of water sup­plies”, Cde Muzenda said.

He said that even if the timetable was fol­lowed, po­lice­men on mid­day and mid­night shifts would still be af­fected as there still would be no water for them to bath be­fore and af­ter their re­turn from work.

Cde Muzenda sug­gested that peo­ple at the camp be warned not to mis­use water rather than im­pose water cuts. Other res­i­dents at the camp ex­pressed fears that there would be an out­break of cholera and other dis­eases as the com­mu­nal toi­lets were not flushed.

“Our toi­lets are not a pleas­ant sight and some of us have re­sorted to us­ing the pub­lic toi­lets in town,” said Cde Danile Moyo.

She said it was dif­fi­cult to do any laun­dry and other house­hold chores.

Mean­while, some po­lice­men who oc­cupy the sin­gle quar­ters wel­comed the move say­ing it was long over­due as chil­dren at the camp were play­ing with water.

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