Zimbabwe Commemorates Water Day Amid Calls for Water Justice

By Memory Chivhunga

Zimbabwe joined the rest of the world today to commemorate the world water day amid calls for local authorities to ensure universal access to clean water.

The day is being celebrated under the theme ‘Leveraging Water for Peace’, with Zimbabwe echoeing the global sentiment, emphasizing the critical importance of safe, clean, and portable water as a fundamental human right enshrined in Section 77 (a) of the Constitution.

In an interview with Reuben Akili, Director of the Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA), called for reliable alternative water sources and proactive measures by local councils to ensure universal access to clean water.

“Providing everyone, everywhere, with the opportunities and life they deserve,” Akili said, highlighting the urgency to address the prevailing water crisis.

From the streets of Dzivarasekwa to the neighborhoods of Mabvuku, the testimonies are consistent.

A vendor from Dzivarasekwa lamented the scarcity, remarking on the pain of witnessing only droplets from taps, while a resident of Mabvuku, Rudo Zvichavapano, shared a similar sentiment.

“We’re now used to having water from alternative sources,” said Zvichavapano

The United Nations’ report reveals a stark reality: 2.2 billion people worldwide lack access to clean water, with one in four individuals living without this essential resource.

As water scarcity escalates, its repercussions are dire, impacting health, sanitation, livelihoods, and more.

In light of these challenges, local authorities are urged to devise sustainable solutions to ensure equitable access to clean water and effectively confront the crisis.

On this World Water Day, Zimbabwe stands in solidarity with the global community, advocating for water justice and reaffirming its commitment to securing this indispensable resource for all its citizens.

As the world grapples with the mounting water crisis, collective action and innovative strategies are imperative to safeguard the well-being and prosperity of future generations.

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