Chitungwiza residents have come out against the local Council for its allocation of stands in wetlands which they say has resulted in the increased shortages of water.
The residents allege that they have been experiencing increased shortages of water in the town ever since Council embarked on the practice which has seen houses in various wetlands dotted around the town.
“After the land allocation which was done by Council we have been facing the challenge of water at a level we have never experienced before these people invaded our space”, says Brian Chirumba (48).
Margaret Magunde (64) added that water supply, even from wells, was now difficult.
“Before these houses were built our wells never ran dry because these wetlands would always be there”.
“We used to use these wetlands to do our laundry and they would always help us as we would run out of the water but since Council allocated stands in the wetlands our domestic wells have started running dry and we have been suffering”, she said.
She added that Council is the one that allocated the stands and this is affecting the ecosystem as the water table in St Mary’s.
The allocation of stands in wetlands by Council has become a rampant problem as the local authorities have embarked on reckless developmental patterns endangering.
Recently Harare City Council offered its workers stands in wetlands as compensation for unpaid salaries raising the ire of its citizens.
A new settlement in Sherwood, Mabelreign has also sprouted in a wetland with accusations that they were sanctioned by Council though it has denied.
“If Council really needed the money so bad they should have at least used the football pitch to allocate land or they should have used rocky areas which is plenty to allocate land than to give people land which held the life of the community”.
“They should have found alternatives so as to avert the problems which we are now facing”, said Chiedza Dengu.