The Ruwa Local Board is illegally dumping waste on Mara Farm exposing surrounding areas to serious environmental and health hazards.
This development follows the board’s fruitless battle to secure land to dispose waste and sewer in an environmentally and health friendly waste management system.
Ruwa Mayor Councillor Kizito Chivafa said they are illegally dumping water at Mara Farm which is located between Ruwa and Epworth.
“Solid waste, which is the refuse we collect, should be dumped at a designated area but the challenge is that Ruwa doesn’t have land for that.
“We are surrounded by Epworth and Goromonzi Rural District Council and most of the land you see within our area is privately owned.
“We have asked the government to allocate us land for solid waste,” he said.
Clr Chivafa said they are facing the same challenge with sewer.
“It does not end with solid waste but also our sewer reticulation system. Our sewer ponds have been decommissioned to the extent that when there is no electricity the system blocks and spills into Ruwa River which affects areas downstream such as Epworth Local Board to an extent that the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) fines us,” he said
Ruwa Local Board has constantly raised the issue with the central government to no avail.
“We have been raising the same issue for the past three years, writing and informing the government”.
“We once informed the Vice President (Constantine Chiwenga) when we held a clean-up campaign last year that we need land for sewer ponds and for a solid waste dumping area.”
Permanent Secretary in the office of Vice President Dr Constantino Chiwenga, Major General Godfrey Chanakira says government will urgently look into the matter and allocate the required land.
Ruwa is a fast growing urban centre located some 30km east of Harare. It has a population of close to one hundred thousand people, with the number growing each day as more residential areas are unveiled.