By Thomas Faranando
Rimuka is a town within a town, a city in a city punctuated by the strong stench of sewage water flowing through the street which repulsively embraced us as made our way into City of Kadoma’s oldest high-density suburb of Rimuka, particularly the GB and SQ residential area.
One cannot eat or drink whilst walking past the area because of the heavy stench in the air. The sewage is everywhere. Who will save the environment?
Mazvita Mukanda, a poet, said she is ready to share information about hygiene and environment.
“My inspiration has always been me above everything but l also get inspired by my family who support me and listening to poets like Nsiki maZwai Albert Nyathi they speak the truth as it is”, she said.
Mukanda is a single lady aged 23, born in Rusape but grew up in the sunshine city of Harare..
She started doing poetry at pre-school she was five at warren park community crèche. She did poetry in church during competitions at saints Clare Roman Catholic church.
“My family was very supportive especially my uncle Tafadzwa Chiwanza”, echoes Mukanda.
Mazvita did not stop there, during her high school days at Presbyterian high in Mhondoro she was honoured with a certificate of being an excellent student in poetry and literally work.
She is a student at Zimbabwe Open University doing geography.
“I believe in going green so she advocates for the environment as seen through one of my poems , “Provoked to implode” she added.
“I normally educate people through poems, but keeping my environment needs action not spoken words. I decided to join National awareness Trust (NEAT) and also a member of (JCI) junior chamber international Gweru so that the people are constantly reminded that our environment needs to be perceive and protected”, Mazvita told the Observer.
Mazvita said waste management is a community issue and communities must come up with strategies and mitigation of waste management.
“The impacts of waste disposal are felt at the local level and mostly by the poor communities due to low adaptive capacity, they include food, security, and pressure on water sources, land rights and health. Solid waste management is a serious problem in most town and cities in Africa. Poor management of such waste has an impact on climate change and possess a potential time bomb to disease outbreaks,” she echoes.
While i was in Kadoma with my friends from National Environment awareness Trust I was moved by the living standards of people of SQ and GB. I discovered that City of Kadoma had a problem with provision on proper public sanitation facilities and sewage used to run along the streets” she said.
“The SQ and GB are serviced by communal toilets and they are the worst affected by overflowing sewage. GB and SQ scenario poses a time bomb for serious communicable diseases like cholera and typhoid. I was moved by the living standards of people in this area and want to play my part in perceiving our environment and keeping our towns and cities clean,’ said added.
Upon realizing that it was facing challenges to improve the living standards of the GB and SQ residents, I am prepared to engage the affected community and Kadoma city so that we come with a permanent solution to waste management in Kadoma particularly GB and SQ area. I realized that Kadoma city alone cannot improve their living standards of people of GB and SQ on its own so if we give this community information and education on climate change it will be the starting point for the residents of GB and SQ,” she said .
Kadoma experienced a cholera outbreak 2008-9 affecting 6393 people. Little has been documented on the sanitation conditions of Rimuka high density residential area.
” It is against the background that I and my friends from NEAT assessed the Rimuka, Kadoma sanitation situation in order to reveal the nature and state of provided facilities, potential safety and health impacts as the strategies devised to deal with the sanitation challenges”, she said.
“I and friends from NEAT resolved to conduct community dialogues to raise awareness on environment issues and I am prepared to use poetry to educate people” said ever smiling Mazvita.