By Kudakwashe Shambamuto
A body of an 8-year-old boy was found dead , floating in a pool at a council-owned Mkoba swimming pool on Sunday.
According to police spokesperson, Insp Emmanuel Mahoko, Edmore Mudamburi (56) who works at the pool as a caretaker, commenced duty on Sunday morning when he discovered a dead body of a male juvenile floating in the pool whilst naked.
“It was discovered upon reporting the matter to the police that the juvenile had been reported missing on the 8th of October at ZRP Mkoba. The body was taken to Gweru Provincial Hospital Mortuary for Post Mortem and the police investigating the matter a sudden death by drowning,” said the police spokesperson.
He urged parents and guardians of young children to keep an eye on them and ensure they are supervised by an adult when they play at all times.
However, social media was awash with the news of the young boy’s death and residents blaming the City of Gweru for not taking precaution measures at the pool.
“There is gross negligence at play here, If they did not see the body for two days in a community swimming pool that raises questions and that simply means the water was dirty. Council is letting our children swim in untreated water and it must be held accountable for this, said, one resident.
Another resident demanded that the council unveil evidence that a notice was placed in the press giving notice on the reopening of swimming pools and Covid -19 protocols to be followed.
“City of Gweru must show us the notice they flighted in the media notifying us residents on the reopening of the swimming pool and which protocol to be followed. I know they didn’t do that.
Another resident who claimed to be a lawyer offered free services to the family for it to sue the local authority for negligence.