Harare Residents Hold Anti-Cholera protest


SUNDAY, 16 NOVEMBER 2008

CHRA HEALTH & SCIENCE

 A woman suspected of cholera is brought in a pushcart to a clinic in Harare November 4, 2008. Zimbabwe state media reported the troubled southern African country was battling a cholera outbreak that has killed nine people in Harare, as residents grapple with acute


The Combined Harare Residents Association today (November 16, 2008) held
an Anti-Cholera march in the Harare’s most affected suburb of Budiriro
where over 150 residents from the locality (Budiriro) and the
surrounding areas of Glenview, Glen Norah, Highfields, Mufakose and
from the other parts of the city braved the rainy weather to register
their solidarity with the cholera victims and show their utmost dismay
at the Government and ZINWA and the Health sector failure.

The residents led by the Association’s leadership: Simba Moyo
(Chairperson), Beatrice Ngwenya (Vice-Chairperson) and other high
ranking leadership, marched from Budiriro Shopping Centre to Budiriro
Poly-Clinic and around the expressing their condolences to the bereaved
families whose members died of Cholera. The residents carried clear
messages to the Government and ZINWA as some of their placards read:

-Return water and sewer management to City Council!

-ZINWA must go now!

-Residents demand compensation to Cholera victims now!

-ZINWA/Government has failed!

-Clean water now!

-Stop the human rights violations!

-Stop Cholera Stop the Carnage now!

The suburb of Budiriro has been the most affected by the Cholera
scourge which has rocked the city of Harare and claimed dozens of lives
(over 100 people are feared dead in Budiriro alone, CHRA is still in
the process of compiling accurate information) in less than a month.
The cholera outbreak is a direct result of water shortages and
unattended sewer bursts which have seen residents resorting to
unprotected shallow wells and living in a heavily polluted and
unhealthy environment.

The government responded by pumping resources into ZINWA but there has
not been any difference since residents in Budiriro still do not have
tap water but a few tanks from the UNICEF. The poor provision of health
services, despite the designation of Budiriro Poly-Clinic and Beatrice
Infectious Diseases Hospital has resulted in more deaths. The state of
service delivery in all sectors of Zimbabwean is appalling and the
present (de facto) Government’s culpability is indubitable.

Some members of the Association are reportedly to have been picked
during the march while some still face the risk of being picked from
their homes. CHRA was still in the process of verifying the number of
arrested members at the time of the release of the statement. The state
has a legacy of intolerance and suppression of any dissenting voice in
its attempt to hide the gross human rights violations and mislead the
world.

CHRA will continue to mobilize residents to demand transparency,
responsibility, accountability and professionalism in local and central
governance. The Association will not stand and watch a government
committing such unpardonable and shameless human rights violations on
its people and urges all people to stand for social justice and against
an irresponsible Government!

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