Stinking governance
FILTHY: Two men trying to maneuver around sewage water in Budiriro, Harare

It’s quite unfortunate that a preventable disease keeps recurring in Zimbabwe’s capital before eventually spreading to other towns and cities.

At least 28 people have died due to cholera, the worst outbreak in a decade, while more than 5, 000 cases have been reported in Harare.

The source of this dehumanising disease is contaminated water, mainly as a result of sewage water that finds its way into shallow wells and boreholes which are the sources of water for many people in the capital.

Harare’s water supplies are erratic, not because there are no adequate dams but simple because of poor governance.

Water infrastructure has been left to rot over the years leading to water shortages as the few pipes that are functional cannot pump enough.

And when the water does come out of the tap, it will be brownish in colour and, when left in a container for some time, there will be residue at the bottom.

When I lived in Harare a few years back, I never drank tap water for the almost three years that I was there.

Fortunately, I stayed alone most of the time and thus could afford bottled water but for bigger families whose budget is already strained, such a ‘luxury’ is not an option.

Most families have however dug wells and boreholes but this has come back to haunt them, as much of the water from these sources has tested positive for cholera.

As already indicated, this is because of sewage water that seeps through the ground until it reaches this underground water.

Burst sewer pipes and stagnant pools of sewage water are a common feature in Harare’s high-density suburbs, as are heaps of uncollected garbage.

Instead of dealing with these issues, which are a sure recipe for a cholera outbreak, the leadership plays the blame game.

For years, Harare Municipality has been largely dominated by the opposition, something which has never sat well with the ruling Zanu PF.

This has led to power tussles over the control of the capital because while the opposition is in charge of the city, the parent ministry is led and controlled by the ruling party.

So instead of focusing on developing Harare, the two parties keep fighting for dominance.

It therefore did not come as a surprise when the health minister was quick to blame the council for the outbreak of cholera.

In any case Zanu PF will never admit failure, for them, there is always someone to blame for anything that goes haywire.

If you ask me, I would, without the blink of an eye tell you that our government stinks, in fact it sucks because our leaders always seem to have misplaced priorities and this often has dire consequences on the poor, the weak and the vulnerable.

Sewage water that flows right in front of people’s yards has long been an issue, but this is never acted upon until there is an outbreak of diseases or until lives are lost, as is the case at the moment.

A crowd fund to deal with the cholera outbreak has been set up and we are all called upon to make a donation.

Yet only two weeks ago, president Emmerson Mnangagwa unashamedly chartered a plane for the former first lady Grace Mugabe, all the way from Singapore so that she could speedily come home for her mother’s funeral.

What was the urgency in all this, the more than a million dollars that was used for that nonsensical trip should surely have been put to better use but no, and now they are going round with a begging bowl expecting people to throw in a dollar, NXA!

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cheerful

This is a comment from an article “THE latest cholera and typhoid outbreak in Zimbabwe is the glaring evidence of failed public policies, an indifferent political elite and toxic central-local government policy terrain. It tragically points to growing inequality in the national political economy. Beginning in the 1990s, under economic structural adjustment, extending through the 2000s (the Mugabe years) under an authoritarian government and in the contemporary scene, political elites are more concerned with power than the public good. But let us revisit the gut-wrenching scenes of makeshift clinics, donated tents, drips, sewage and a traumatised citizenry. It was a… Read more »

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The countries in the SADC regions should be in forefront and assist the ordinary people in Zimbabwe they are the ones who should be assisting with bottled water and medicines and channel them through UNICEF to make sure the donations it is not being abused . If there are any companies in the SADC region who can do this pick up the phone and call UNICEF or other registered organisations

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This recent article is about that thieving old man the former president and his associates in zimbabwe how they plundered their illgotten wealth from two countries “How Mugabe pillaged the DR Congo and destroyed Zimbabwe 30th September 2018 News Headlines ZIMBABWE’S former President, Robert Mugabe, in the August of 1998 sent about 11,000 troops, armoured vehicles and combat aircraft to the Democratic Republic of Congo. There was much discontent back home with one opposition Parliamentarian saying, “The government of Kabila is worth no single Zimbabwean fly or mosquito to die for.” News24 reported that even within the ruling party, there… Read more »

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” this is a latest article how the filty rich in zimbabwe are spitting in the face of those dying of cholera and presumably other illnesses “Zimbabwe’s Rich Spitting in the Face of the Dying Share comment email By Marcus Mushonga ZIMABWES FILTY RICH SPITTING IN THE FACE OF THE DYING Harare — Despite the broke country enduring an escalating cholera outbreak that has claimed dozens of lives, some Zimbabwean entrepreneurs are exercising their financial muscle by splurging on multimillion-dollar vehicles. The latest set of luxury wheels to turn heads as the water borne disease spreads with no end in… Read more »

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This is the latest after purchasing vehicles for the top brass, chartering an expensive plane for the FIRST SHOPPER aka Disgrace Gucci Mugabe being pampered while her husband plundered his ill gotten wealth intwo countries and (just a while back there was an article on him demanding U$700 000 OMG) – among purchases of many items of luxury while the ordinary people wallow in poverty some have died from the cholera epidemic and despite government media reports that it is being contained , there are some new cases in Bulawayo and this the latest because of the lack of empathy… Read more »

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This is the latest crisis when the new Minister of Health is on record blaming Ian Smith for the Cholera Epidemic after 37years of mismanagement by the thieving Mugabe and one must shift the blame on someonelse ??? “Zim Crisis Escalates As Pharmacies Suspend Medical Aid Payments October 6, 2018 Share Jane Mlambo| Zimbabwe crisis could have reached a crescendo following the decision by some pharmacies to suspend payment for medication through medical aid cards. In a communication to Generation Health, Trinity Pharmacy said the move to suspend medical aid payments was as a result of the shortage of foreign… Read more »

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This latest article involves an INVESTOR who has decided to PULL OUT from Zimbabwe ” Mnangagwa Humiliated After Duping White Investor $500,000 October 5, 2018 Share By A Correspondent| ZANU PF leader Emmerson Mnangagwa was yesterday sized down by a white investor who reveals he brought $500,000 into Zimbabwe and now all that money has vanished into bond notes. Yesterday Mnangagwa published an update message headlined, “I was delighted to open the 2018 ZimTrade Exporters Conference.” To this, the white investor, Mr Barney O’Hara wrote back saying, “explain please honorable President. I invested 500k in this country. I obtained investors… Read more »

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cheerful

It seems that those pipes were never replaced when they were rotting by the thieving Old Man