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    Friday, 12 February 2016

    Raw sewerage floods streets of Chiredzi

    Morris Bishi/
    Beatific Gumbwanda
    Chiredzi Bureau

    Chiredzi – A huge stream of raw sewerage rising up to the door-levels of kombis and small vehicles has flooded the streets of Chiredzi for the past three weeks and there are now fears of a cholera outbreak.
    Chiredzi Town Secretary Charles Muchatukwa said the problem was caused by leaking corroded old pipes which have outlived their lifespan.
    He said plans to control the situation are underway but added that Council is hamstrung by lack of resources.
    The volume of sewerage is so big that it is overflowing a bridge along Lion Drive thereby blocking pedestrians and motorists from passing. Residents and commuter operators have been threatening demonstration for the past few days.
    United Chiredzi Residents and Ratepayers Association chairman Josphat Tizirai said the situation has been raging for the past three weeks with no solution in sight. He said untreated sewer is discharging into a stream between Chiredzi`s two bus terminuses and the stream is infested with reeds and soil which results in the sewer flowing over a small bridge in Lion Drive which links Tshovani Township, Industrial area and the CBD. 
    "We are now on a tight situation as residents of Chiredzi. We can no longer pass through Lion Drive due to sewage which is flowing over a small bridge and only big vehicles are passing through with commuter omnibuses risking because it`s the only short way  which links town and the residential areas.
    "We held a meeting with council and they promised to avert the situation in two days but up to now there is nothing. Together with transporters we resolved not to pay daily rates as we are living dangerously with constant threats of cholera. Council should take us seriously in-terms of service delivery," said Tizirai.
    A team led by Environmental Management Agency district officer Peter Mugodhi visited the site on Monday.  Mugodhi said he has no option but to penalise council for defying environmental laws.
    Muchatukwa however, said UNICEF has approved funding for the rehabilitation of the sewerage system through Small Towns Programme and council will in the meantime pulling resources to clear reeds from the streams and pave way for the water or sewer to easily flow downstream. top story
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