MUTARE – Tenants of
the dilapidated Chimoio hostels complain that the national lockdown which
requires people to stay indoors most of the time is unfair to them because of
each other in tiny decrepit rooms.
often clogged communal toilet cubicles and bathrooms with many other tenants.
leaving their places early in the morning for their daily work routines and are
therefore finding it difficult to spend the whole time there.
It’s better when you leave early in the morning because fewer people remain for
much of the day with more room to breathe. You come back in the night and sleep
for a few hours. That is the pattern we had become accustomed to, but to be
told now that we must spend all the time here is insensitive,” said one male
tenant who is father to three children.
police are always on the lookout for those who gather anywhere outside the hostels.
other tenants but the police no longer want to see us gathered outside. What
they do not know that it’s worse inside because social distancing rules are
hard to abide by. If one is to contract coronavirus here, it would spread to
many others in no time,” said the tenant.
place and upgrade ablution facilities to make the place more habitable.
difficulties that people of Chimoio and other hostels faced and will ask
council to improve facilities and disinfect the places.
where hundreds reside under the most deplorable conditions.