Blessings Chidakwain Kadoma
Kadoma City Council is under fire from residents who have gone for more than 20 years without receiving any water from their taps.
The affected areas include Eiffel Flats, Mupamombe, Wards 5, 6, 8 and 13 in Rimuka and Westview.
So dire is the situation that residents are relying on open water sources and boreholes sunk by donors at the height of a cholera outbreak in 2008.
Kadoma Residents Association chairman Mr Wikirosi Mutizira confirmed that the city was battling perennial water challenges.
“Water is a major challenge in Kadoma (and) in some areas residents have not received the precious liquid from their taps for more than 20 years now,” he said.
He said the areas that receive water supplies were not constant.
“In Eastview, which is less than a kilometre from the City Centre, residents receive water for two hours, at most,” he said.
Mr Mutizira said residents were now pinning their hopes on Government as engagement with the local authority was not bearing fruit.
“We are now appealing to Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister July Moyo to address the issue as we are hopeless.
“We need an urgent meeting involving all Kadoma stakeholders,” he said.
In separate interviews, Kadoma residents from some of the affected areas said they are constantly living in fear of disease outbreaks.
“I have children who are almost completing their secondary education who have never used a shower in their lifetime and it’s such a pity.
“I have since removed outside taps as they are of no use because they risk being stolen,” Mr Tichaona Masero from Rimuka Ward 5 said.
Westview resident Mrs Annastancia Nduku said the unavailability of water has forced people to go to the bush to relieve themselves.
“Due to unavailability of water here, people use the bushes and maize fields to relieve themselves and our health is always at risk, especially during rainy seasons.”
Kadoma City town clerk Mr Malvern Dondo recently said council was working on finding a lasting solution to address water challenges in the city.
“Our pipes have many off-takes before reaching the final destinations, therefore when we pump, consumption is usually enjoyed by nearby suburbs and areas like Westview end up being affected,” he said.