No Toilets For Murambatsvina Victims

The affected people are currently accommodated in houses which were constructed by the government under the reconstruction programme ‘Operation Garikai/Hlalani Kuhle’ which was meant to counter the international rage that followed Murambatsvina. Most families live in unfinished houses which have no floors, windows, water or toilets – raising high Cholera outbreak fears as we enter the rainy season. Moreso, the population of the people staying in these areas has since ballooned.
“We have been staying here for years but we use bush toilets. The city council is not interested in constructing toilets for us. Now that it’s raining, we are afraid that we might have cholera outbreak here. Everyday we think of disease outbreak, due to nature, our population is increasing on daily basis and thus more chances of disease outbreaks,” said Aron Munodawafa who stays near Runyararo West suburbs.
Masvingo Mayor Alderman Femias Chakabuda maintained that it is very difficult to connect sewer lines in the area where the victims of Murambatsvina were resettled. Chakabuda said their resettlement was not part of the town plans.
“As council, we never planned to resettle those people. In fact our city engineer informed us that its impossible to connect sewer in that area. If we feel for them, then we have to make sure they are displaced and put in a suitable area,” said Chakabuda.
However most families who are sharing two-roomed houses said they only want blair toilets and running water to make sure that chances of having cholera outbreak are reduced.Currently, some areas in Masvingo have been hit by Cholera but no deaths have been recorded so far.