Govt gives Harare $1m

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - In­no­cent Ruwende Se­nior Re­porter

GOV­ERN­MENT has re­leased $1 mil­lion to Harare City Coun­cil to re­pair and up­grade col­lapsed sewer sys­tems mostly in the cholera-prone high den­sity sub­urbs while the city, which has an open bud­get to­wards the pro­gramme, has also de­ployed teams from other ar­eas to as­sist in the west­ern sub­urbs.

The city has also halted wa­ter dis­con­nec­tions to en­sure that res­i­dents have wa­ter sup­plies in the wake of the cholera out­break, which has claimed 25 lives so far.

In an in­ter­view af­ter tour­ing some of the ar­eas in Glen View and Kuwadzana, Act­ing Town Clerk Engi­neer Hosiah Chisango said the city was also re­mov­ing rub­bish dumps in the af­fected ar­eas.

“As part of our re­sponse to cholera out­break in Harare, we have moved into Glen View, Budiriro, Kuwadzana and Mu­fakose since last week.

“We are re­pair­ing and up­grad­ing some of the sewer pipes that had col­lapsed,” he said.

“We have de­ployed all our machines to make sure that we up­grade our lines so that our sewage will con­tinue to flow prop­erly.

“We have beefed up the teams with per­son­nel from Wa­ter­falls and from Ma­bel­reign, but we are also keep­ing an eye on those ar­eas to make sure that they are also manned so that we do not trans­fer the cri­sis.”

He said the city was tar­get­ing to clear all the back­log on blocked sew­ers.

Eng Chisango said the city was also main­tain­ing a pres­ence in the ar­eas to make sure that wher­ever there is a burst pipe, it is quickly at­tended to so that the ma­jor­ity of the peo­ple con­tinue to get wa­ter.

“We are also work­ing on re­mov­ing rub­bish dumps in the area and clear­ing all the drains so that we clean the area and re­duce ex­po­sure of the peo­ple to the dis­ease,” he said.

“We have spo­ken to the Min­istry of Fi­nance and they have promised to give us $1 mil­lion for our im­me­di­ate re­quire­ments in terms of main­te­nance of the equip­ment so that most of it goes back on the road.

“From our cof­fers, we are just look­ing at fund­ing all the im­me­di­ate re­quire­ments of this pro­gramme.”

Mayor Her­bert Gomba has also or­dered coun­cil to stop wa­ter dis­con­nec­tions

“To­day I have di­rected that coun­cil stops all wa­ter dis­con­nec­tions in view of the cholera out­break, I also will ask our Mayor’s Cheer Fund board to look at pay­ing fees for chil­dren of cholera vic­tims,” he said.

“To all cit­i­zens, we are on the wheels deal­ing with this out­break, be as­sured our work­ers are work­ing over­time, un­der con­stant su­per­vi­sion and with the re­quired in­struc­tions and in­stru­ments.

“To ratepay­ers and lease­hold­ers, please con­tinue to pay your bills so that we trans­form this city.”

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