Heavy rains expose Umguza RDC

By Innocent Nxumalo

THE heavy rains received in various parts of the country since the beginning of the year have exposed the Umguza Rural District Council for allocating unserviced stands to residents of Mbundane and Rangemore settlements outside Bulawayo.

The poor state of roads in Mbundane and Rangemore, which are under Umguza Rural District Council has become a constant headache for residents on the outskirts of the City of Bulawayo.

“When it rains it gets messy, small cars can’t make it through these muddy roads. Public transporters shun coming to this side and we have to walk all the way to the main road at food for less.”

The situation is even worse with the Mbundane community relying on pit latrines which comes with the risk of contaminating wells and boreholes.
What has irked the residents is the fact that the local authority has not responded to their plight 10 years after the allocation of the residential stands.

“Council is doing a de-service to us because it has not done anything for almost 10 years now. It is not just about roads but also things like water.”

Umguza Rural District Council Acting chairperson, Councilor Sisa Moyo told ZBC News over the phone that she is still assessing the situation after her recent appointment.

The Umguza RDC has endured turbulent times in recent years, with the government having suspended the Chief Executive Officer, Collen Moyo and five councillors including a chairperson, Councillor Alexandra Gasela over allegations of corruption and abuse of office.