. . . City cites shortage of refuse truck
Talent Gore, H-Metro Reporter
GARBAGE has been piling in most parts of Harare, including the city centre, as the local authority has not been collecting refuse over the past weeks citing a shortage of refuse trucks.
Among the most affected areas in the Central Business District (CBD) is Simon Muzenda (4th) bus terminus and Corner Herbert Chitepo and Sixth Street in the Avenues areas.
High density suburbs are also badly hit because that is where most people live.
Acting Mayor Cllr Stewart Mutizwa said Harare was facing garbage fleet challenges.
“It is not a secret that we are failing to collect waste from our residential and commercial areas due to unavailability of fleets,” he said.
“We are also finding it difficult to collect refuse because residents are now dumping waste at undesignated areas.”
Cllr Mutizwa also said this year council did not experience fires at Pomona dumpsite because of measures that were put in place.
“We implemented a number of measures to ensure that we do not experience dumpsite fires at Pomona dumpsite but the situation at the site remains in a challenging state due to equipment challenges,” he said.
He urged people to dump garbage at designated dumpsite because illegal dumpsites were causing pollution.
“Heavy pollution of water bodies has resulted in council using more chemicals to treat its water so the less pollution the less the chemicals to be used,” Cllr Mutizwa said.
Cllr Mutizwa thanked Government for providing money under the devolution fund for the purchase of plant and equipment for waste disposal.
“The equipment is yet to be commissioned and I assure Harare residents that council will speed partnerships with residents for the establishment of waste drop off centres,” he said.
Meanwhile, in a statement, Acting Town Clerk Engineer Phakamile Moyo said there shall be a total shutdown of Morton Jaffray and Warren Control Waterworks from today till Sunday.
“There shall be a shutdown of Morton Jaffray and Warren Control Waterworks from Friday to Sunday to allow for works to be carried out at Warren Control Pump Station and on the new line that will supply Hopley,” said Eng Moyo.
“The works are expected to improve the mechanical performance of the newly installed pumps at Warren Control and also allow Hopley to start accessing water.”
“The shutdown will enable the department to undertake repair works at three points on truck mains to reduce physical water losses currently obtaining in the system.”