RESIDENTS of Makambo and Malambo villages in Monze district have complained about lack of clean water in the two areas.
For years now, there has been no access to clean water in Makambo and Malambo villages.
The situation is forcing locals, especially girls and women, to walk a distance of about three kilometres to fetch clean water from a hand pump.
Those who cannot cover that long distance resort to fetching water from nearby wells.
Even the nearest hand pump has seen better days; it was put up in November 1994.
Now, it cannot live up to the demands of the community.
Mody Muchoka of Makambo village, who is affected by the challenges around water access, says it is almost a miracle to find three buckets of water full in the morning in the house, saying she cannot manage fetching as much.
“When we go to fetch water, we mostly come back tired due to the distance that we cover and the queue we stand in to wait. But still, we are forced to go to the hand pump in fear of catching diseases if we use the unsafe water from the shallow wells, which dry in hot seasons,” said Muchoka.
For Mayaba Mweemba, her biggest plea to the government is that of making water challenges in the area a thing of the past to tell to their future generations.
“Our children go late to school in the morning because the distance the cover is too much for them to reach on time. If they go earlier to the pump, it still remains unsafe for them as they could easily be attacked or worse still be raped at 04:00 hours in the morning,” said Mweemba.
“We plead to government or any organisation that can be of help to assist us with even one hand pump, it would help us a lot, as the long queues that we mostly deal with can be reduced.”
The other residents spoken to feel a new hand pump should be drilled for them to reduce on the distance they cover.
Malambo village has 60 households while Makambo village has about 30 with a primary school consisting of a population of up to 800 people.
By Buumba Mwitumwa
Kalemba June 3, 2023