RESIDENTS in several townships in Filabusi centre, Matabeleland South, say for the past 21 years they have watched raw sewage flowing within their premises, a situation that poses a health hazard.
Despite engaging the local authority, Insiza Rural District Council over the matter, residents accuse the council of being reluctant to speedily address the problem. Townships such as Mthwakazi, Bekezela and Garikai, among others, are still using an old sewer system of septic tanks or sewer ponds, which have since been overwhelmed by the increasing population.
However, despite the accusations, council contends it is working flat out to find a lasting solution through the construction of bigger septic tanks. Sithokozile Jamela, a resident at Mthwakazi Township said they were worried about a looming health crisis.
“This problem has been with us since 2000. It was solved on a temporary basis but resurfaced. The council has not been helping matters to rehabilitate its system to suit the current demand where the population is growing and the system is too old,” she said.
She also said they feared contamination of their main water source.
“The situation is worse in that the waste is now flowing into Insiza River, contaminating our major source of water and this means there is a possibility of an outbreak of diseases such as cholera and diarrhea any time if the Insiza RDC does not speed up the main septic tank construction.”