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THE Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) has given a 48 hour ultimatum to Harare City Council to normalise the situation at Glen View Four Primary School which was closed last month following the bursting of a sewerage pipe servicing the area.

The closure of the school in February arose after a sewage pipe serving the school was blocked and caused raw sewage to leak through manholes, flooding the school with sewage.

In a letter to the Harare City Council and copied to government ministries and environmental agencies, ZLHR said they were going to take the local authority to court should it fail to normalise the situation which has deprived children their right to education.

“It is requested that the Council, the City Health Department, the Environmental Management Agency, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education take urgent steps to remedy the situation within the next 48 hours, or else we will have no option but to enforce our clients’ constitutional rights to a healthy educational environment before the courts,” wrote ZLHR.

Following the closure of the school the council promised to urgently remedy the situation and reopen it on or before the 2nd March but that has not happened.

The sewage drainage system serving Glenview 4 has been a problem for a number of years, having become blocked previously in 2014.

The pipes, according to the council, are overburdened and need to be connected to a lower line, west of the School.

Source : New Zimbabwe

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