Chiredzi – Clara Chikanyau, a teacher with Loweveld Adventist Primary School has lost all her property because Chiredzi Town Council has no fire tender to fight fires.
Chiredzi town is one of the richest in the country because of Tongaat Hullet and the sugarcane industry but it has no fire tender. The fire brigade situation in the urban settlement which is aspiring for a city status reflects on the mismanagement and corruption that has seen Zimbabwe’s towns being run down over the years since independence in 1980.
Chikanyau lost property worth thousands on Saturday evening when a house she rents along Gudo Road in Tshovani caught fire.
Tongaat Hullet had to respond to the fire from Hippo Valley some 5km away and fire fighters almost managed to serve half the house but the fire tender ran out of water. They returned to Triangle for more water but when they returned, the fire had spread to the last half of the house thereby gutting down the whole house together with all the property inside.
Ward 4 councillor Liberty Macharaga said council is in the process of procuring a fire tender with devolution funds.
Chikanyau said if the council had a fire tender she could not have lost her property.
Josphat Tizirai chairman of United Chiredzi Residents and Ratepayers Association said the council was useless and does not prioritise residents.
Meanwhile, Chiredzi Town Council secretary Charles Muchatukwa recently told The Mirror that his local authority has prioritised the procurement of a tender fire when it gets its Devolution Funds allocation.