UZUMBA Maramba Pfungwe (UMP) district administrator Mark Kadaira has warned that Mutawatawa Growth Point in Mashonaland East province might run of out of water soon as its supply dam was left with less than a week’s supply of water.
BY JAIROS SAUNYAMA
Kadaira also said villagers in the district were facing a severe shortage of the precious liquid as most boreholes and sources have dried up as the water table kept dropping due to poor rains this year.
Speaking to NewsDay in separate interviews last week, villagers in Nyanzou, Chitsungo and Nyabaruro said shortages have forced them to scavenge for water on riverbeds.
“The situation is pathetic here, water is now a scarce commodity. Women are sleeping at boreholes waiting to fetch water. The water table is now very low and they wait for it to rise after fetching water for about 30 minutes,” 68-year-old Taruvinga Muzeza of Chitsungo Village said.
“Young boys are now sleeping in the bush close to the water points with their livestock. This is because drinking water for livestock is now far away from their areas and it is tiresome for them to move to and from the drinking holes every day. They will come back if they receive rains and fill the streams in the villages.”
Meanwhile, Tichaona Karimazondo, a former student at Mungari Primary School has donated building material for the reconstruction of a classroom block destroyed by a heavy storm last month.
Speaking at the handover ceremony on Saturday, Karimazondo said: “I heard that villagers were being asked to pay $3 per household to purchase building material for the reconstruction of the block to which they failed. As a former student, I thought of giving back to my community, hence, I donated the needed material for the better of the children.”
Karimazondo added: “The few dollars the villagers have should be channelled towards securing food since this area is under threat from severe drought. Some children are reportedly fainting because of hunger and there is need for more donations in this area.”