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Water Problem Hits Chididi CDSS in Nsanje

Efforts to maintain the borehole yielded nothing, according to Kaukambo Efforts to maintain the borehole yielded nothing, according to Kaukambo - pic courtesy of a citizen journalist

A time bomb is ticking at Chididi Community Day Secondary School in Nsanje district where students have resorted to drinking from unsafe water points due to water scarcity.

The school’s headteacher, Yona Kaukambo, has confirmed the development to Zodiak Online on Monday afternoon saying the problem started towards the end of the first term.

He fears the situation could trigger waterborne diseases as students are drinking unsafe water from Chididi stream.

The Chididi CDSS head teacher said, “our major problem is the supplier, Water Users Association (WUA). Ever since I came here, I have been struggling to engage it's management to address the water supply problem but to no avail.”

He added, “we have also been trying to maintain the school’s faulty borehole; our efforts have proved futile.”

Kaukambo nevertheless believes the problem would be addressed within this week as legislator for the earlier, Eurita Ntiza Valeta, has moved in to fix the situation.

One of the teachers at the school, Macdonald James Phiri, says their lives as well as those of students are at risk of cholera.

He said, “Something needs to be done quickly. Some of the teachers are being forced to bring bottles of water from their homes,” lamented Phiri.

Chididi WUA Manager, Blessings Nyirenda, was not immediately available for a comment.

A member of the WUA, Chrissy Tolani, has told us, “The concern is genuine.

“The solar system developed a fault which would be fixed soon,” explained Tolani.

Established in 1993, the school has an enrollment of 295 students, according to Kaukambo.

Meanwhile the district has recorded 13 cases of cholera since the onset of the 2023/2024 rainy season with no death so far, the district’s Director of Health and Social Services, Dr. Gilbert Chapweteka, confirmed over the weekend.

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