By Christine Chiromo
Residents in Gweru urban voiced concern over poor service delivery by the local authority which has seen bins not being removed, potholes not being attended and burst sewerage pipes posing serious health hazards.
The Gweru Residents and Ratepayers Association (GRRA) President Cornelia Selipiwe said residents are concerned over the poor waste management and irregular collection of waste in subrubs which is causing problems to the environment.
He said there should be programs in communities to teach and give awareness on the rightful disposal of waste.
“Council should not focus only on collection of refuse but empowering ward-based community alertness programs where they encourage residents to try and lessen the rate of waste through the 3R concept, (reduce, reuse and recycle) since the council always complains about fuel problems” he said
A survey by this reporter in some wards illustrated how the local council is failing to meet due process in regards to environmental and health concerns of residents.
Residents who spoke with this reporter noted how sewerage burst pipes reported take time to be tended to, waste takes several weeks to be collected and roads are in a poor state of disrepair.
“Areas such as Ivene, Southdowns, Southview, Lundi park areas, Winsdor Park among other areas had uncollected bins for more than a month and some residents ended up throwing away trash like pampers in drainage systems which led to the areas being smelly, becoming a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
“Council when engaged on refuse collection highlighted fuel shortages or garbage truck breakdown that would take days without being tended to yet we sometimes see trucks used by council quarrying sand to patch up potholes that have become impenetrable. What is seriously needed is for the council to take their duties seriously, we pay for these services however the delivery leaves much to be desired.”
When asked for a comment on these issues raised by angered residents, Gweru city council’s public relations officer, Vimbai Chingwaramusee said the council indeed was facing fuel issues as a result of unavailability of foreign currency and this has affected their refuse collection schedule.
“We are currently patching potholes however the duty of road resurfacing and construction is a mandate of ZINARA.