Dete residents are mulling staging a demonstration against Zimbabwe Water Water Authority (ZINWA) after going for a week without water.
The peri-urban area which is under Hwange Rural District Council has a long history of water and electricity challenges. The water shortage is now threatening the closure of schools and a clinic as the facilities require water to function especially in the face of Covid-19.
Residents told CITE that they have gone without water for over a week after ZINWA failed to supply the precious commodity.
Another resident who refused to be named said schools were sending children back home early with a likelihood that lessons might be temporarily suspended to avoid the outbreak of diseases.
“The situation has also affected our schools which are Dete secondary, St Francis Xavier and Sir Roy Welensky primary. As of Monday learners were dismissing early as a way to avoid outbreaks of cholera or typhoid. As you are aware schools need water for hygienic purposes and also handwashing which is part of Covid-19 regulations. We appeal to authorities to act before things get out of hand.”
Residents have been relying on getting water from nearby companies and lodges that use solar-powered boreholes.
Dete ward councillor, Stanley Torima confirmed that the residents were planning on demonstrating against Zinwa to compel them to restore water supplies.
He said there was need for the business community to assist the community in alleviating the problems of water and electricity.
“We appeal to the business owners and stakeholders to assist the Dete community in finding a permanent solution to this crisis. We also appeal for government intervention, Dete has been abandoned for a long time be it food, water, power and even the general infrastructure like roads and even the houses up to now are made of pole and dagga.”