Council to thwart cholera threats

The local municipality here will receive a capital injection of $ 300 000 from the treasury to deal with continuing water and sewage problems that caused the cholera disaster in 2009.

The deal was confirmed by the Mayor Shadreck Tobaiwa. It will see the council re-lining the aged sewer system that was established before independence.

In 2009, Kwekwe was one of the worst affected cities. The outbreak of cholera was attributed by health experts to overflowing sewers and burst pipes which ran through the streets of high density suburbs like Mbizo, Amaveni and Torwood.

Health Minister Henry Madzorere warned that if no preventive measures were put in place to end the sewer reticulation problems, a repeat of the cholera outbreak would be experienced.

Council Auditor and Acting Treasurer, Morris Mutema, said besides acting on water and sewer reticulation problems, there was a need to conduct other projects to improve the small gold mining town.

“We need a total of $4 million to refurbish roads, streetlights and upgrade refuse collection services and we appeal to treasury for full support on that,” he said.

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