Mugabe fears another cholera outbreak

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe says he fears another cholera outbreak and government has set up a committee to deal with the water crisis in cities to avert loss of lives.

Mugabe told a capacity crowd at the National Sports Stadium last Friday during Independence Day celebrations that government had roped in development partners to help address the situation.

“In collaboration with its development partners, government is working towards the improvement also of water supply and the disposal of waste water in our cities and towns,” Mugabe said.

“Nyaya yemvura tanzwa nayo nenyaya yetsvina mumadhorobha. Nyaya iyoyo irikurwadza hurumende and we have discussed it and action is being taken.  A committee has been set up to look at cities’ water and sewage excreta as an act of emergency.

“These are very urgent issues that must be managed quickly because any delay in managing them would result in some of our people being affected by diseases and some deaths naturally will result from that.”

Zimbabwe experienced the worst cholera outbreak between August 2008 and June 2009, with over 100 000 reported cases and 4 287 deaths recorded with an average fatality rate of 4,3 percent.

Mugabe said government had managed to raise $43, 6 million under the urgent water supply and sanitation project (Zimfund) to improve water supply and sanitation in Harare, Chitungwiza, Mutare, Masvingo, Kwekwe and Chegutu.

He also said the second phase of the project, which was launched in March, would help Ruwa and Redcliff.

“In addition, 14 small towns’ water supplies and waste water treatment plants are also being rehabilitated,” Mugabe said.

“Some 10 000 existing boreholes are being rehabilitated, 1 500 new boreholes drilled, 1000 toilets and 30 piped water schemes constructed.”


Comments (10)

Come on, Uncle Bob, why set up useless committees to deal with the water problem? Looks like you are fast losing grip on things, uncle. We all know that there is need to invest in water reticulation in Harare and indeed all the cities. We are still using the old pipes and infrastructure we inherited from Ian Douglas Smith (may his soul rest in peace). All the money that should have gone into the water-providing infrastructure went into private pockets through kickbacks. Corruption is the greatest enemy, uncle. It has permeated every sector of our economy with govt and local govt being the main culprits.

Barclays Siziba - 22 April 2014

It wise to put peoples health first, long term plans are necessary to avoid catastrophic events, a repeat of events would be out of negligence, money saved for water purification and water supplies is a noble idea, water is life.

tichaona - 22 April 2014

The sooner Mugabe stops talking and starts acting the better for this country, the man has been talking for too long without action.

Maita Manyuka - 22 April 2014

Uncle Bob, you are full of rhetoric, and the sooner you learn that we are too sick of it to death the better

kt - 22 April 2014

Kutonga kuye kwazonetsa manje.

TM - 22 April 2014

Yes uncle Bob justifies everything with his rhetoric. Lets have some action. No more spending vast sums of money on over bloated delegations accompanying him to the UN or the EU summit meetings.

vortex - 23 April 2014

your ideas are indeed noble,but when it comes to acting ,suffice to say that ,I CANT COMMENT ON THAT!

charles goodyear - 23 April 2014

There was no fear of cholera during the tenure of GNU!Food for thought guys.

Ngwenayasvinura - 23 April 2014

He should have known that problems such as disease outbreaks were sure to follow when he ordered City councils to slash all bills owed to them and for as long as he(Mugabe) keeps that corrupt Chombo in his cabinet.

Dr Know - 23 April 2014

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