By Wisdom Mumera
Jumbo Mine (Mazowe North) residents are angry with their legislator Martin Dinha whom they accuse of focusing on politics while ignoring their water challenges.
The area is experiencing acute water shortages to the extent that the installed borehole is failing to cope with demand for water from the residents.
In an interview, Annabelle Sithole a resident in the area said what angers them most is the fact that Honourable Dinha has not been visible in the area when they needed him the most adding that he is now showing up because of the impending general elections.
“I have lived here since 1991 and the situation is unbearable anymore. We have to travel over 2 kilometres to find safe water and the politician is not doing much to help the situation but soon they want us to vote,” she said.
Another resident Phibion Banda said it was disheartening to note that political activity was now increasing in the area as elections draw near yet all the time the legislator had not been visible.
“It’s painful that we are now seeing their presence increasing in the area but previously we had not seen anything much. He has done nothing for this area. You can see the state of things in this area. The poverty, no water and this year it looks like a drought,” he said.
A local Muslim leader Sheikh Doroban bemoaned the unavailability of water adding that it was putting people at risk especially with the current outbreak of cholera in the country.
“Our political leaders are not doing much to alleviate the situation and we are now afraid of cholera break as has happened in Chiredzi.
“As Muslims we want water for many of our activities and even without being a Muslim a person needs water all the time,” he said.
The residents have been using a borehole installed for them by Turkiye Diyanet Vakfi (TDV) a Turkish government department focused on foreign aid.
The borehole is however failing to cater for the huge volume of people seeking to utilize it.
Dinha who is also Minister of State for Mashonaland Central Province was elected legislator in July 2016 to replace the late Edgar Chidavaenzi.
It however remains to be seen if this displeasure will affect vote outcome for Dinha as the constituency has largely been a Zanu PF territory.