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Water is not a luxury

Published:Tuesday | August 11, 2020 | 12:13 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

We have allowed for years to make believe that what should be necessities are misconceived luxuries. The most basic of that being running and potable water is seemingly being politicised as though it was a breakthrough. In this the essence of our Emancipendence, where are we as a people if we cannot be afforded the bare minimum by those who we choose to represent us.

As a people, we should see better for ourselves and demand from our members of parliament what is reasonably due to us. We should not be denied access to these elements as we are their life force. They would not exist without us.

Highlighting an article in The Gleaner titled ‘Water woes wash Rose Town residents’ on July 21, 2020 raises many pertinent questions on the availability of water. Many more rural communities face this struggle, not because of accessibility or resources but because of divides that have stained the residents of those areas. Imagine being denied a basic right, though not constitutionally recognised, because of one’s political preference or possible lack thereof.

We should be outraged by such disparities over water – as a country we need to, collectively, and without any prejudice or bias, work towards providing clean drinking water to everyone.

Wake up and smell the roses, people.

LEON MALCOLM