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03/02/2018 00:00:00
by Staff reporter
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Chegutu Mayor, Leo Gwanzura has blamed the central government for the cholera outbreak in the mining town, which has so far claimed close to 100 lives.

In a statement following a tour of the town by MDC-T Acting President Elias Mudzuri, party Presidential Spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka, said the mayor pointed out that government had failed to provide local authorities with five percent of the budget as stipulated by law.

“Chegutu Mayor Leo Gwanzura told the MDC acting President that the outbreak was mainly due to poor water supplies and old pipes, which all had to do with the lack of the prerequisite support from central government,” he said.

Tamborinyoka said the mayor had indicated that the lack of support by government was straining the already inadequate revenues in local authorities country-wide.

The country has been on high alert after the deadly disease broke out in neighboring Zambia and was detected in Chegutu, a few kilometres west of Harare.

The Minister of Health and Child Care, David Parirenyatwa, has, however, blamed the outbreak on local authorities which he said have been neglecting service delivery.

However, addressing residents after the tour, Mudzuri said the country had enough technical capacity to deal with the situation but lacked a committed leadership, adding that a new government led by Morgan Tsvangirai was the only solution.

“The Acting MDC president said cholera was a mediaeval disease, adding that the only solution was in voting for President Tsvangirai and an MDC government in the next election,” the statement said.

Mudzuri urged the people to register in their numbers to vote in the next election so as to usher in a new government that would deal with the challenges facing them.

At the height of economic and political crises in 2008, a cholera outbreak ravaged the whole country, leaving thousands of people dead as the cash strapped government struggled to contain the primitive disease.

Mudzuri is also expected to meet with Harare vendors, who have defied a 24 hour ultimatum by the government to leave the streets.

The government has threatened to use military force to push the vendors out of the streets, with the vendors challenging the President Emmerson Mnangagwa regime to first create jobs before they kick them out of the streets.


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