It finally looks as if the roads in Kabwe town center are being sorted out! After months and months, actually years, of dust and pot holes we might just have newly tarred roads soon. Road works got started long ago, a contractor got the job to rip out the old tar and grade the roads in preparations for new tar. But in came a new government in 2011 and whatever the previous government had touched got put under investigation. This put everything on halt. The rains came and went and all the grading was undone. So whoever got the new contract had to start all over again.
Unfortunately Kabwe can pride itself as the most polluted town on the continent, thanks to the lead in the soil from the now closed lead mine. And as it is in the ground the lead pollution is kept, you would think that dust in this town would be a big issue. Well, it seems not, as little has been done to control the dust or to speed up the road works. It just struck me the other day that how much lead have I inhaled? Enough to cause lead poisoning? It doesn’t help that it’s really dry and windy this time of the year, so just a short walk in town center is enough for dust to make its way in to your hair, eyes, and inevitably your lungs. If our local politicians cared just one bit, we would have seen awareness campaigns, calls for road works to speed up, preventative measures to bind the dust in the meantime (not enough with one truck spraying water once a day in this heat). But it’s as if the lead problem has been completely forgotten about. Hopefully the roads will be done before we’re all poisoned with lead in our lungs!