. . . as Hwange residents launch court petition
HWANGE residents have approached the High Court seeking an order compelling Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL) and the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) to provide constant and regular supply of water during the lockdown period.
HCCL and Zinwa supply water to Hwange Township, Lwendulu, Cinderella, Madumabisa, Lusumbami, Ngumija and Makwika which are the hardest hit.
Residents in the affected suburbs are using communal toilets and bathrooms, with some accessing water for only two hours a day while others access water in the mornings only.
In the papers filed at the Bulawayo High Court, Greater Hwange Residents Trust also cited Health minister Obadiah Moyo, Finance minister Mthuli Ncube, Lands minister Perrance Shiri as well as Local Government minister July Moyo as respondents.
The residents also want an order compelling HCCL and Zinwa to take all necessary measures to ensure provision of potable water using bowsers.
In the event that HCCL and Zinwa fail to constantly supply water, they want the High Court to direct Shiri and Moyo to capacitate them to avert a health hazard.
In his founding affidavit, Greater Hwange Residents Trust coordinator Fidelis Chima said the situation in the mining town is a breeding ground for the spread of coronavirus and other water-borne diseases such as cholera as residents are finding it difficult to maintain hygienic standards.
“The situation is bad and creating a health hazard for Hwange and Zimbabwe at large.
“It is difficult for residents to maintain high standards of hygiene when there is no water
“Water is key in the fight against the deadly coronavirus. People are expected to maintain high levels of hygiene.”