HARARE residents have filed an application at the High Court seeking an order to compel the city fathers to collect refuse and clear dump sites which have accumulated in all wards in the capital city.
It was also cited that the majority of people, in the worst-affected areas, cannot afford to hire the private firms who have taken much of the load in upper-income suburbs.
In an application filed at Harare High Court on 27 May 2022, residents who live in Mbare, Highfield and Mabvuku, were represented by Paidamoyo Saurombe of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.
The residents protested that, as faithful ratepayers, they were affected by the non-collection of refuse and yet the City of Harare still charged them for garbage collection.
The residents − Juliet Chatambudza, Soul Gurudza and Spiwe Guwa − stated that refuse collection has become erratic in the capital city and they were now providing refuse bins for themselves and yet they used to receive them from the City of Harare.
Chatambudza, Gurudza and Guwa said due to the non-collection of refuse, residents had resorted to dumping garbage in their suburbs, which was piling into huge refuse dumps.
“City of Harare is unjustly enriching itself at the expense of ratepayers by continuing to collect rate payments for collection of refuse while neglecting to collect garbage, thereby, infringing on the right to an environment that is not harmful to their well-being and health as provided in Section 73 of the Constitution,” the residents said.
“As a result of the non-collection of refuse, we are suffering from dysentery, caused by the health hazard, and we are being exposed to other diseases.”
Chatambudza, Gurudza and Guwa argued that the City of Harare has an obligation to collect refuse from their areas and to clear dump sites which have accumulated in the suburbs.
“As a remedy, residents want the City of Harare to be ordered by the High Court to clear all rubbish at dumpsites, to publish a refuse collection timetables in newspapers and on its social media platforms and to collect garbage in accordance with the timetable it would have published,” the residents said.