CHIVHU – Two schools, Madzivire primary and secondary with a combined enrolment of more than 2 000 pupils have had no power and water for 11 months due to a Zesa transformer that developed a fault.
This has not only created a serious water crisis at the school but disrupted e-learning programmes which are dependent on the availability of electricity.
The transformer also serves the nearby Nharira Business Center.
Madzivire Secondary School head Gasseler Masuka confirmed the situation in a telephone interview with The Mirror and said the water crisis was compounding the problems of Covid19 which requires a lot of hygiene.
He said that the two schools now rely on a community borehole that frequently breaks down thereby creating a health time bomb for both teachers and school children.
Zesa spokesperson Prisca Utete said she was not aware of the problem and asked The Mirror to get in touch with the ZESA Southern Region General Manager Gibson Kasipo. She however said that the problem will be investigated.
“I am not aware of the problem at these schools but we are going to investigate the issue. Meanwhile can you contact the Zesa Southern Region so that the problem is attended to quickly,” said Utete.
Efforts to get a comment from Chikomba Central MP and Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development Felix Mhona who promised to deal with the problem months back proved fruitless.
“We approached the power utility company for assistance but to no vain. We also approached MP and Minister Mhona but nothing was done,” said a teacher who declined to be named.
“The pumps are not working and students and teachers have resorted to a nearby community borehole which frequently breaks down because of overuse,” said another teacher.
Kasipo said the problem at the two schools was going to be attended to soon by getting a new transformer.
“We are going to rectify the problem by availing a new transformer soon,” said Kasipo. https://masvingomirror.com