A women organisation, Women’s Institute of Leadership Development has petitioned Parliament to help resolve a health threatening situation whereby residents are lacking access to water and sewer system in Gwanda.
During yesterday’s session, The Speaker of Parliament Hon. Jacob Mudenda announced that Parliament on Wednesday, 9th May, 2018, received a petition from the Women’s Institute of Leadership Development seeking Parliament to exercise its oversight function by ensuring that the municipality of Gwanda and its parent Ministry bring to an end the chaotic and unsustainable environmental mess in Ward 5, of Gwanda Town.
The petitioners represented by Samukeliso Khumalo, Lindile Ndebele and Prisca Dube, cited the importance of public health and human dignity of the provision of amenities by local authorities.
The petitioners also expressed concern over the lack of access to water and sewer lines in Ward 5 of Gwanda.
The petitioners therefore implored Parliament to exercise its constitutional role and address the following issues of public concern:
- Gwanda Town Council (as it was then) allocated 300 stands in Ward 5 for the development of residential properties in 2012.
- Some of the signatories to this petition are beneficiaries of that development.
- Despite the passage of time, the local authority has failed or neglected to provide basic amenities such as access to clean portable water, and/or sewer reticulation facilities.
- Since inception of the project the Council has permitted beneficiaries to move into the area.
- In the absence of a functional sewer system, residents are left to their own devices, including the erection of pit toilets and wells. These activities pose a real danger to the health of residents, particularly communicable diseases such as cholera, typhoid, infectious hepatitis. This is because some residents have resorted to using plastic bags as toilets, which they later dump haphazardly.
The Gwanda Residents Association are some of the signatories to the petition.
Hon. Mudenda indicated that the petition has since been referred to the Portfolio Committee on Local Government Public Works and National Housing.