Covid-19 threat as Chivhu bus rank goes without water

Nyasha Musambasi 

Chivhu – The busiest bus rank and market place with more than 200 vendors in Chivhu is operating without water and residents have raised alarm particularly in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chivhu Residents and Ratepayers Association (CRRA) chairperson Collen Zvarevashe who spoke to The Mirror warned that the rank is a serious compromise to the country’s fight against the deadly pandemic.

He said there is no water for customers and travellers to wash their hands after buying fruits or visiting the toilets.

Vendors at the market fetch water for their own use from council offices which are 200m away.

The rank which is in the CBD is the pick-up and drop point for all busses that pass through Chivhu from rural areas and towns.

Zvarevashe said that the issue was raised with the District Covid-19 Taskforce and other relevant authorities but to no avail.

“The issue that the market is running without water is of grave concern to us. We raised this with the responsible authority and the Covid-19 District Task Force committee but nothing is forthcoming. We are extremely worried that the leadership is seeing not any urgency in this matter,” said Zvarevashe.

Chivhu Covid-19 District Taskforce chairman Michael Mariga said he cannot comment on the issue since he is on sick leave.

Chivhu Town board chairperson, Edwin Maseva, writing on one of the WhatsApp groups said that the problem has not been solved because councillors are not attending meetings because of the lockdown. He said the issue can only be solved once meetings are allowed to take place again.

Angry residents rebuked him for the response and accused Maseva of failing to appreciate the seriousness of the pandemic.

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