Female police officers manning roadblocks and security checkpoints in Bulawayo have decried the non-availability of ablution facilities.
A female police officer who spoke to NewZimbabwe.com said they are being sexually harassed by their male counterparts while relieving themselves in the bush. The police officer said:
As female police officers, we are having a challenge at the roadblocks. Because of our biological make-up, we are being sexually harassed by our male counterparts while relieving ourselves in the bush.
Sometimes we are forced to wait until nightfall to seek the privacy of darkness to relieve ourselves.
Most of the roadblocks are now considered a ticking health time bomb as the security personnel manning the checkpoints and commuters who have to spend hours queuing at the roadblocks defecate in the open.
Residents who own properties near the roadblocks have urged authorities to address the issue as the areas have now become an eyesore.