Water supply restored for Ngomahuru patients

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THE Zimbabwe National Water Authority has restored water at Ngomahuru Mental Hospital where patients were taking baths in nearby Magwagwadza River.

This comes after villagers living in the vicinity had alerted responsible authorities about the situation, resulting in a lawsuit being filed against Health minister and Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) and Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC).

However, Zinwa spokesperson Marjorie Munyonga announced that they had worked with ZETDC to fix an electric fault that had disrupted water supply and addressed the problem by Wednesday evening. “The water shortage at Ngomahuru was mainly caused by lack of power supply.

They did not have electricity so we worked with ZETDC and fixed a major electrical fault that had affected water supply. It has been successfully restored,” Munyonga said.

“However, I cannot comment on the court issues because the matter has already been set down for hearing and will wait to hear the outcome but as of now I can confirm that water is now pumping.” The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights has filed an urgent chamber application seeking to bar patients from bathing patients in the river and make available water bowsers. The case is yet to be heard.

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