Masvingo residents are up in arms with the local authority over the Glow commuter omnibus rank which they say is now poising a health hazard as there are no ablution facilities, Hevoi FM News has learnt.
Masvingo Residents Forum (MRF) secretary, Prosper Tiringindi told Business Times that Masvingo City Council needs to relocate the rank to Mucheke Stadium as some residents are using the adjacent open area as toilets especially at night.
“We are calling on the local authority to do something over the Glow commuter omnibus rank in the Central Business District,” said Tiringindi.
“The rank has no ablution facilities hence it must be moved elsewhere. We are sitting on a time bomb if action is not taken now and not soon. People are using the open space at the rank as toilets. We are now in the rainy season and it will not be a surprise if we experience an outbreak of water borne diseases such as cholera or dysentery,” said Tiringindi.
Tiringindi added that council must fulfill its promise to relocate all buses to Mucheke Bus terminus.
“We are also calling on the local authority to abide by its promise to relocate all buses to Mucheke Bus terminus which has turned into a white elephant. Council made a resolution in May this year that all buses will be moved to Mucheke rank, but this is yet to see the light of the day, “said Tiringindi.
Masvingo United Residents and Ratepayers Alliance (MURRA) director, Anoziva Muguti also called on city council to do something over the Glow rank.
“We also have discovered that some people are using the open area at the rank as toilets. We wonder why council is allowing buses to operate at an area where there are no ablution facilities. Council needs to be clear in its policies. They have the department health and environmental services that deals with health and environmental issues and we wonder why they allow kombis and buses to operate at an area where there are no toilets,” said Muguti.
Apart from the Glow rank, buses which commute to Morgenster Mission and Nemamwa Growth Point near Pick and Pay retail supermarket, buses that picks up passengers to Chivi, Chiredzi and Mwenezi districts near government offices at Benjamin Burombo offices are operating in areas where there are no ablution facilities.
Masvingo Mayor, councilor Collin Maboke told Hevoi FM News that council will consider carrying out an operation in conjunction with the Zimbabwe Republic Police to flush out kombis that are operating at Glow rank.
“Yes we are aware of the health concerns at Glow rank where there are also government transport operators (ZUPCOS) that are carrying passengers from the area. We will soon join hands with the law enforcement agents to descend on bus operators operating from the area so that they pick and drop passengers at designated places,” said Maboke.