Walter Mswazie in Masvingo
MASVINGO is in a quandary over a new dumpsite as the Cold Storage Company, which had offered a site is now shifting goal posts, it has been learnt.
A full council meeting has on several occasions recommended that the existing dumpsite in Runyararo West Suburb be decommissioned amid complaints from residents over pollution.
Residents are irked by the smoke, houseflies and stench coming from the dumpsite.
According to councillors, the local authority first approached government requesting land on which to establish a new landfill and it was allocated a piece of land at a farm in Gokomere area along Masvingo-Harare road but they lost the piece of land under unclear circumstances.
Council then approached CSC over the same and the local authority was offered some piece of land at the company’s farm near Victoria Ranch, south of Masvingo City.
However, council seems to be in a fix as the company has reneged on earlier promise citing its plans to resuscitate operations.
Mayor Councillor Collen Maboke said council was still to find site for the new dumpsite acknowledging that the matter was now long overdue.
“We are preoccupied with the matter of a dumpsite but it seems there is bit of a challenge over getting a new site. We had been allocated a piece of land by CSC in its farm but the company is now changing goal posts. We have been apprised of its intention to resuscitate operations at its plant and the farm will serve to keep its herd of cattle,” said Cllr Maboke.
He said council was, however, frantically trying to negotiate for a site where the landfill could be located as the existing dumpsite caused some health challenges for residents.
“We have written to the Minister of State for provincial affairs, Ezra Chadzamira asking for land to establish a new dumpsite. We are yet to get a formal feedback on the matter but indications are that we can get another site from government.
“We appreciate Runyararo West and Victoria Ranch residents’ concerns over the pollution emanating from the dumpsite. Definitely, a lasting solution will be sought on the matter, we appeal to them to bear with us,” he said.
EMA Education and Advocacy manager, Steady Kangata, however, said dumps were outlawed and municipalities were given time to close them and move on to waste management systems that were environmentally friendly.