Tsholotsho faces se­ri­ous wa­ter short­age

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - National/gender/health News - Clin­ton Moyo Sun­day News Re­porter

DUR­ING the last rainy sea­son, some vil­lagers in Tsholotsho were af­fected by floods, with some of them forced to re­lo­cate af­ter their homes and be­long­ings were de­stroyed.

Less than a year later, some of the vil­lagers and their live­stock are fac­ing se­ri­ous wa­ter short­ages. Of­fi­cials in Tsholotsho said the lat­est predica­ment was wors­ened af­ter the rains not only caused floods, but breached Gariya Dam which used to be a source of wa­ter to hu­man be­ings and an­i­mals in the area.

The sit­u­a­tion has been made worse by fail­ure by the re­spon­si­ble au­thor­i­ties to re­pair the dam, mean­ing vil­lagers might face the same fate next year. Tsholotsho Dis­trict De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Mr Charles Maz­ibisa said re­peated pleas to the Tsholotsho Ru­ral Dis­trict Coun­cil to re­pair the dam have not yielded any re­sult.

“In­deed the sit­u­a­tion ob­tain­ing on the ground in as far as Tsholotsho dis­trict is con­cerned leaves a lot to be de­sired. We are wit­ness­ing a com­plete ne­glect of some of the es­sen­tial projects by the au­thor­i­ties — the Tsholotsho Ru­ral Dis­trict Coun­cil,” he said.

“A case in point is the ne­glect of Gariya Dam which is one of the big­gest man-made dams in Tsholotsho. This dam was breached dur­ing the last rainy sea­son, a case known by the lo­cal au­thor­ity but noth­ing has been done to re­pair the dam de­spite con­stant ap­peals by vil­lagers.”

Mr Maz­ibisa said the dam was an im­por­tant wa­ter source for both peo­ple and an­i­mals liv­ing in the west­ern part of the dis­trict.

“The com­mu­nity from that part of the dis­trict does not know where to ap­peal. This dam is an im­por­tant source of wa­ter even for ele­phants that wan­der from Hwange,” he said.

Con­tacted for com­ment, the coun­cil­lor for the area, Clr Vim­ile Dube said the is­sue has been de­lib­er­ated on but there was no money to re­pair the dam.

“We have met with the coun­cil re­gard­ing the re­pair­ing of the dam but it seems there is no money to re­pair it. At one time we had some en­gi­neers from Zim­babwe Na­tional Wa­ter Au­thor­ity look­ing at the dam but af­ter that we never heard from them.

“I do not know what we will do since we are now en­ter­ing the rainy sea­son, we have to come up with a plan,” said Clr Dube.

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