Oxfam garden stripped of US$3 000 equipment in Gutu

SIMBARASHE MTEMBO

MIRROR REPORTER 

MASVINGO – An irrigation scheme for gardens established by Oxfam in Headman Musengi’s area under Chief Munyaradzi in Gutu has been stripped of a pump and a breaker worth US$3 000 thereby bringing the project which benefits seven villages to a halt.

A committee member, Susan Chinyoka confirmed the incident and said the theft happened on March 1, 2022 and has since been reported to the Police.

Oxfam donated and installed the borehole in 2019 with two water tanks; a 10 000 and 5 000-liter and six tapes.

The project benefited seven villages both with clean water and irrigation for the gardens and villagers are now drawing water from unsafe sources including wells and rivers. The water tables in the area are said to be low and many are already struggling to get the precious liquid.

The whole water system was established by Oxfam at a cost of US$4 000.

Efforts to get a comment from Oxfam were futile. 

Police spokesperson Kudakwashe Dhewa said he was unware of the case but The Mirror is reliably informed the matter was reported at Gutu Police Station and it is being investigated by one Sergeant Mundeguma.

Ward 9 councillor Medicine Nyadenga could not be reached for comment. Sources said he does not stay in the area but works somewhere in Mashonaland East.

Sources close to the matter told The Mirror that the borehole did not have any security owing to squabbles.

“The borehole had no security after some overzealous youth forced the security guard out of his guardroom because they thought Oxfam would employ and pay him a substantive amount for guarding the borehole. 

“They took his guardroom keys and they did not give them back or take turns guarding the borehole and now the community is paying the price,” said a source.https://masvingomirror.com/

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