An outbreak of water borne diseases has struck Bulawayo’s Luveve township leaving an unnamed number of people dead and others hospitalized.
Residents of Bulawayo took to the streets on Saturday to show displeasure at the way the local and central government were treating the water issue.
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Another video in possession of this publication shows a tap in Khumalo suburb oozing dirty brown water and the person behind the camera is heard saying that is the kind of water they are drinking.
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On 4 June 2020, MDC Alliance Member of Parliament Jasmin Toffa questioned the Minister of Finance Mthuli Ncube on the central government’s sincerity in financing Bulawayo to deal with water problems.
She further urged government to declare Bulawayo water situation a national disaster.
Said Toffa, “I noticed the last time when the Minister came down to Bulawayo, they said there was no water crisis in Bulawayo yet as a matter of fact, there is a water crisis in Bulawayo. Residents are going without water for as long as up to a week. To compound this issue, right now we are in the COVID era and in Bulawayo, we are having outbreaks of diarrhoea.
“The Hon. Member of Luveve Constituency had a number of cases of diarrhoea and there are other constituencies in Bulawayo that are suffering from the same problem. Without water we are heading for a disaster in Bulawayo. Mr. Speaker Sir, would it not be wise for the Government to declare Bulawayo water crisis a national disaster seeing that the Minister of Finance is having problems with raising foreign currency to assist the local authority? I think that it would be a good idea that Bulawayo water crisis is declared a national disaster. In that way we can try and get foreign and local funding.”