Via allAfrica.com, a CAJ News report: Zimbabwe: Cholera, Dysentery Set in As Masvingo Disconnects Water. Excerpt:
Cases of water-borne diseases are on the rise in Zimbabwe's oldest town of Masvingo, as the cash-strapped Masvingo City Council is disconnecting water supplies to debtors, among them government institutions, with the hope of recovering debts that have reportedly ballooned to US$20.9 million.
Officials from the Masvingo City Council Department of Health, Housing and Environment told a recent full council meeting that, council clinics had recorded 126 cases of diarrhoea and 9 cases of dysentery in the month of February.
The situation has raised fears of a full blown outbreak of the water-borne diseases, particularly cholera.
The epidemic killed more than 4 000 people across the country in 2008.
Meanwhile, the major debtors according to the latest Masvingo City Council minutes, include Zimbabwe National Army ZNA, which owes council $5 million, the Prison Service ($1.5million) Zimbabwe Republic Police ($1.4 million) and the ailing Cold Storage Company CSC (1 million).
“The debts are still high despite the bills having been written off by government up to June 2013. As council, we are now concentrating on water disconnections on all defaulting residents, while institutional debts are being handed over to debt collectors,” Masvingo Town Clerk, Adolf Gusha, said.