|Harare residents slam Harare City Council|
|Thursday, 05 January 2017 18:47|
Harare residents have castigated the Harare City Council for failing to maintain public toilets in the central business district (CBD), saying they pose a serious health hazard.
Most toilets in the capital are always locked forcing vendors and commuters to resort to helping themselves on open spaces.
At the 4th Street terminus in Harare, human waste and flowing urine are the order of the day with an unpleasant stench emanating from open spaces.
Flies can be seen all over and to make the situation worse, food and fruit vendors operate a few metres from the toilet.
A heap of garbage is also pilling outside the toilet, causing a possible health hazard.
Those, who spoke to the ZBC News blamed the city council for its failure to collect garbage and maintain public toilets, calling for them to sublet it if they don't have the capacity to maintain such places.
A council employee who is responsible for cleaning the place said at times she locks the toilets as there is no running water.
Harare City CouncilÂ Spokesperson, Michael Chideme said plans are underway to open the toilet 24 hours, but he however warned food vendors operating at undesignated places to vacate as council will soon descend upon them.
The current typhoid outbreak in some parts of Harare is a natural consequence of the breakdown in service delivery by the city fathers.
Recently, typhoid cases were recorded in Mbare and some parts of Harare, raising fears of more outbreaks if no measures are taken to improve sanity in the capital.