CPU probes Mnene Mission
MIDLANDS Civil Protection Unit (CPU) has dispatched an investigation team led by the Environmental Management Agency (Ema) to probe Mnene Mission and inspect its sewer disposal systems amid revelations that the Lutheran-run institution could be the source of the cholera outbreak in Mberengwa.
Mnene Mission had earlier been fingered as the possible source of a cholera outbreak that recently hit Chomubobo resettlement area in Mberengwa after samples taken from the river which is the main water source for people in the area revealed that the water was contaminated.
It is suspected that raw sewage from Mnene Mission might have spilled into Mnene River and contaminated water and affected it downstream. Mnene Mission is in a high lying area from where the river flows.
Midlands Provincial Administrator Mr Abion Maronge said the province had set a taskforce led by Ema and would investigate Mnene Mission over the allegations as it moves to establish the source of the water-borne disease.
“There has been a debate on whether Mnene Mission was the source of the cholera outbreak
or not. I understand this is the first time that Mberengwa has had a cholera outbreak. People have just been speculating but we want to know the source of cholera. There were reports that Mnene Mission could be the source because it was said their sewer disposal systems were not fully functional. However, we cannot conclude if we do not investigate the matter. So a team led by Ema will lead in the investigations so that we see if Mnene Mission is actually the source of cholera,” he said.
Midlands Provincial Medical Director Dr Simon Nyadundu, however, said Mnene Mission might not be source considering the distance between Chomubobo and Mnene.
“Scientifically it cannot be. However, we will wait for the results or outcome of the investigations,” he said.