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Chiadzwa Villagers Contribute Towards Purchase Of Clinic Transformer

2 September 2021

Chiadzwa villagers have contributed towards the purchase of a transformer for a local clinic after the health facility went for almost two months without power.

Nurses at Mukwada Clinic abandoned the health centre after the transformer developed a fault.

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Bocha Diamond Community Trust (BCDT) chairperson Moses Mukwada confirmed the new development saying 11 villages in ward 29 were affected by the closure of the health facility. Mukwada said:

I want to confirm to you that the community has raised money to buy the transformer, we raised about $US5 500 to buy the transformer after government failed to assist us.

Mukwada Clinic in ward 29 has not been operational for months after a transformer developed a fault and there has been no electricity for the past two months. Nurses had abandoned the clinic.

The clinic is assisting 11 out of 16 villages. The Mukwada Clinic also assists villagers in surrounding areas such as Mutsago and Chipindirwe.

My question is why the government has been urging people to be vaccinated and here in Mukwada village, we do not have such a point. The most worrying thing is that the area is where diamonds are being mined.

In July, it was reported that Chiadzwa villagers who were relocated to pave way for the mining of diamonds in the area had gone for two months without water at their new residential place.

There has been concern that villagers have since their relocation been facing perennial challenges including severe water shortages while diamond mining companies in the area collecting billions of dollars in revenue from the mines.

More: NewsDay