Water Crisis burdens Gweru women

In Picture : Women at a borehole in Gweru
In Picture : Women at a borehole in Gweru
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By Evidence Chipadza

Gweru women are grappling with the burden of water challenges as they spend most of their time at boreholes and wells in search of water due to the water crisis that has hit the city.

Section 298 of the constitution states that public finances should be spent transparently, prudently, economically and effectively.

A Gweru City Council (GCC) audit report dated 27 January 2020 indicates that the local authority paid close to $10000 United States Dollars (USD) for servicing 2 water pumps at Gwenhoro dam to curb water challenges.

On 12 November 2020 the Business Times newspaper reported that an Audit report observed that some point-of-sale machines which were being used for revenue collection by Gweru City council were linked to unknown accounts.

Gracia Mashingaidze a Social and Economic Justice Ambassador (SEJA ) said there is fear that council might fail to fight the Covid 19 pandemic since there is no social distancing at the boreholes.

“As women our health is at risk because we now spend most of the times at the boreholes and unsafe wells during this pandemic we should practice hygiene but our council has failed us. We are deprived of our constitutional right , right to a clean and safe environment our social and economic right to clean and safe water,” said Mashingaidze.

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