By Abigirl Tembo
While the country is battling a new wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Harare City Council has been criticized for turning a blind eye on a potential time bomb at Nenyere Flats in Mbare where overcrowding is defeating the fight against the deadly pandemic.
Located in the overcrowded Magaba area of Mbare, Nenyere Flats are in a deplorable state with garbage continuing to pile up creating a breeding ground for disease outbreak.
The issue of hygiene in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic has also been called into question with hundreds of families sharing one communal toilet; a room which doubles as an ablution facility, bathroom and sink for dishes.
What is more worrying is that the Harare City Council which religiously collects rentals every month is seemingly turning a blind to a situation which needs urgent attention as the country battles the Covid-19 pandemic.
Contacted for comment, Harare City Council acting spokesperson Innocent Ruwende admitted that the place is overcrowded but did not proffer a tangible solution.
“We have always attended to sewer problems in the area. The problem is overcrowding. Those areas we not meant for a large number of people,” he said.
The situation at Nenyere Flats represents the state of most council-run flats in the old suburb of Mbare as well as other high-density areas like Budiriro, where overcrowding is the order of the day.