Missing link to Zim's perennial water crisis: Part 1

HARARE - Recent media reports that as of May 4 this year 3 000 cases of typhoid have been reported in the country’s capital since January is a catastrophic development likely to plunge the country down the precipice.

It still baffles the mind why an intellectually-rich country like Zimbabwe is still tormented by mediaeval diseases like cholera and typhoid, diseases that have since been spared from extinction in other countries’ history only through literature, songs and poetry.

The pontificating done by some leadership of this country pertaining the country’s literacy is actually a shame considering the poor mechanisms put in place to caveat centurion diseases mentioned above.

President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF government of 1980 inherited a fairly good country to administer from Rhodesia unlike their counterparts including Samora Machel’s Mozambique, Julius Nyerere’s Tanzania and even Kenneth Kaunda’s Zambia.

This is because this country had benefited much from the federal government that had formed a fragmented administrative structure of Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), Northern Rhodesia (Zambia), and Nyasaland (Malawi).

Though never openly confirmed the capital of the federation largely appeared to be Southern Rhodesia and this explains why the infrastructural development of this country was far ahead as compared to that of Malawi and Zambia.

Munyati Thermal Power Station, Kariba Dam and even the University of Zimbabwe are typical cases.

As such Nyerere could not hide his admiration of this country when he told Mugabe at independence that, “you have inherited the jewel of Africa, keep it that way.”

Sadly, if Nyerere were to resurrect today, he would be disappointed by Mugabe’s dismal failure to adhere to the simple task the late African nationalist had tasked the Zimbabwean statesman.

In fact Nyerere would be shocked at the levels of dilapidation of the so-called jewel of Africa, where the capital city of all the places is still trapped in perennial mediaeval waterborne diseases like cholera and typhoid.

When the Mugabe government took over administration of the country it did not do much around policy formulation and intervention on water management and development.

Zimbabwe is suffering from a shortage of clean drinking water.

The generality of the populace is forced to drink from contaminated rivers, exposing themselves to water-borne diseases reminiscent of the 2008 dark chapter of the country’s history, when a cholera outbreak killed an estimated 5 000 people.

Getting clean water in many parts of the country is a luxury.

The southern African nation, once tipped as one of the most prosperous in Africa, with a rich economy has sadly been reduced closely into a failed State where the government has continuously battled to allocate sufficient finances for water treatment and chemicals.

Against all this, there is need to zoom the scope of the perennial water crisis so as to establish the missing link that has persistently made the people to suffer.

Any rational argument pertaining to governance failure outside political circles must be based on empirical evidence. - Alexander Rusero

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