Residents go for 5 years without water

BULAWAYO - Residents in Bulawayo’s Dlamini township, who have gone for almost five years without potable water have given the town’s mayor Martin Moyo a 21-day ultimatum to restore supplies failure of which they will approach the relevant ministry for relief.

The committee representing the residents led by Khumbulani Dube said they were dismayed by the way the city fathers have ignored their plight.

“We have submitted several communications to the town clerk’s office and many promises have been made in response, however none have materialised,” reads the petition.

The low density suburb which was constructed by a private developer in 2004 had its water connections cut off in 2012 after the suburb accrued about $21 000 in arrears.

Since then residents have been trying to engage the city fathers to restore normal water supplies claiming that the huge water bill in question was accumulated by the private developer.

The residents further noted that apart from the health hazard that comes with occupying a residential area without water, they feel they are deliberately being denied a basic human right by the local authority.

The residents said after 21 days they are going to approach the minister of Local government Saviour Kasukuwere.

Ward 4 councillor Silas Chigora in whose jurisdiction Dlamini township falls came out in full support of the residents.

“I know their predicament, I have been talking about the matter in the council meetings but without success,” Chigora told the Daily News.

“The issue is about their private developer who failed to service the area and is now bankrupt. Now the residents are in a fix but their only hope lies with us in the council. It’s quite a touching issue, I have visited their area, the sanitation there is not good, it needs urgent attention,” Chigora said.

Moyo has since promised to look into the matter.

Comments (1)

Am totally lost. l am a resident of Bulawayo but this Dlamini low density suburb l cannot find!!!!

malume - 23 November 2015

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