Shock as Raw Sewage Flows In Harare CBD

By Annette Mutaurwa

In a clear sign that Harare’s infrastructure needs an overhaul, Harare’s central business district is flowing with raw effluent, putting millions of people who work and live in the capital at risk.

Tens of thousands of people criss-cross Harare’s CBD daily going about their business and returning to their homes – putting the capital at risk of a major public health emergency.

Besides the obvious risks of having raw sewage flowing through the streets, this is a major embarrassment for both the local and national government as the scene is disturbing and raises urgent concerns about the country’s crumbling infrastructure.

The source of the sewage spill remains unknown, but the foul-smelling deluge can be traced along Julius Nyerere Way, from the Total Service station all the way down to the intersection with Kenneth Kaunda Avenue. Passers-by have been forced to navigate the knee-deep human waste, which is streaming across the busy commercial district.

“It’s an absolute disaster, unlike anything I’ve ever seen,” said Martha Chikanda, a local shop owner. “The whole street is just covered in sewage – it’s a health hazard and an eyesore. We need the authorities to act quickly before this spirals into a wider crisis.”

Officials from the Harare City Council have yet to comment publicly on the situation, but emergency crews have been dispatched to the area. Residents have been warned to avoid the affected zone, as exposure to the contaminated water poses serious risks of waterborne illness.

Inexperienced engineers working on resurfacing major roads in the CBD including Julius Nyerere damaged underground water pipes and sewer lines recently – resulting in major spills all over the CBD. Several buildings are without water – which has seen some companies sending their employees home. ZCA

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