Residence of Mkoba recently engaged their Member of Parliament Amos Chibaya over poor services delivery that they have been receiving from Gweru City Council, it can established.
Speaking during a Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development meeting in Gweru, Doris Mukute a resident from Mkoba said that women and girls are at risk of sexual predators who are rapping them at night whilst fetching water, and the situation need serious intervention.
“The water situation is now a risk for women and girls because some are being sexually abused at night as they try to fetch water. There is serious need for water in Mkoba since water is life,” she said.
Mukute also highlighted that besides the water situation as women they do not understand why they are requested to pay consultation fees when they are not provided medicines in council clinics.
“Consultation fee should be scrapped in all council clinics, in Mkoba there is no medicine but we are asked to pay money, I wonder what it is used for since we do not get drugs,” she said.
Women who were in the meeting also highlighted challenges they are facing in council clinics. Marble Rwodzi a women’s rights activist said that, they wanted better service delivery in clinics.
“The welfare at Mkoba poly clinic is bad especially the conduct. They are very slow plus their service delivery is very poor below standard as women we find it difficult to go there to get medical assistance because the officials are too corrupt,” she said.
Most residents who spoke during the meeting urged Chibaya to urgently address the issue of water since it was now becoming a health time ticking bomb as families are finding it difficult to leave without water.
Evidence Chipadze a social economic justice rights activists stated that ,they was need for Chibaya to adress service delivery issues in Mkoba and also to give residences feedback meetings on the water situation since they are allegations that Gweru City Council bought irrigation pipes instead of water pipes thereby shortchanging residents especially women who were now living in fear.
“I think that the water situation in Mkoba is now a health time bomb for residences and also a risk for women and has to be addressed urgently. We also demand to know why the Gweru City procurement bought irrigation pipes instead of water pipes such corrupt activities should be investigated since we pay for those services,” she said.
Responding to residences Chibaya promised them that the water situation will be addressed and by end May he hoped that the water rationing will be a thing of the past.
“I am currently engaging with council and by end May the water situation will be addressed in Mkoba and as we speak in village 2 we are planning to put a solar-powered borehole which will be used by residents free of charge,” he said.