President Emmerson Mnangagwa has pledged support to the cash strapped City of Harare towards fighting the cholera epidemic that has so far claimed 32 lives since being detected three weeks ago.
Mnangagwa who visited cholera victims in the high density suburb of Glenview in the company of his deputies and cabinet ministers pledged his government’s financial support to the Harare City Council which has been struggling to provide clean and safe water resulting the cholera outbreak.
“We are raising money which has been coming in daily so that we fix the burst pipes at Morton Jeffery Waterworks and the Central Business District as well as the suburbs… we have been told that most of these pipes are old and are bursting at any given time so we have found some well-wishers who are helping us,” said Mnangagwa.
“We will continue to support the Harare City Council In its programs meant to sanitize Harare because the council does not have enough powers to be doing all the work alone,” added Mnangagwa.
Mnangagwa blamed poor, unsafe and unclean water for the outbreak while urging residents to maintain high levels of cleanliness.
He also said his government will support families who have lost their relatives to the epidemic.
“We are very sorry for your loss. We have put systems in place to help you out because your loss is our loss. You will be receiving our assistance soon,” said Mnangagwa.
Speaking to 263Chat, David Shonhiwa, a vendor in Glen View said there have been improvements in the hygiene of the area since cholera was detected three weeks.
He however, noted that the assistance they have been getting is not adequate enough.
“The situation is better now. We have been receiving clean water and we got buckets but it hasn’t been possible for everyone to get something because there difficulties which others have been encountering,” he said.
International organizations such as UNICEF, WHO, and MSF have since moved in with assistance, but critics say the long-term solution lies in improving water supply, sanitation and regular waste collection by Zimbabwean authorities.