Residents stage demo over water crisis

HARARE - Dozens of Harare residents yesterday converged at Town House to protest mounting water woes being experienced in the capital.

The residents, led by Combined Harare Residents Association (Chra), arrived at Town House with empty buckets, symbolising the shortage of water in most parts of Harare.

Chra secretary general Simbarashe Moyo said: “Since Town House has an abundant supply of water, the residents decided to come here with their containers and fetch water so that Harare’s leadership can see that the people are suffering.”

Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni said he had seen the buckets and containers and was aware of the message that residents were trying to put across.

“Capacity to pump water to many of Harare’s suburbs is low due to the maintenance at Morton Jaffray waterworks,” he said in an address to the demonstrators.

He said high density suburbs were their main priority in providing water as they are densely populated.

Manyenyeni said results of increased water capacity can only be seen by October.

“There has been a lot of pressure at Morton Jaffray because the city’s water was meant to sustain a population of 300 000, but now that there are more than one million people relying on the water, it has become a problem,” Manyenyeni said.

Councillor Wellington Chikombo said council was doing its best to address the water crisis.

However, some councillors claimed that the demonstration was spearheaded by Tendai Biti’s MDC renewal team in a bid to tarnish the Manyenyeni-led council which comprises mostly MDC councillors affiliated to Morgan Tsvangirai’s party. The demonstrators rubbished that claim.

 

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