Govt must review stance on Zinwa

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s government should make serious resolutions about the management of the capital’s water resources by the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa).

Water shortages have become so critical that most urban dwellers are forced to relieve themselves in the bush rendering the use of toilets untenable, thereby creating a health hazard at a time the health delivery system is in the intensive care.

Residents of Mabvuku and Tafara in Harare have rarely had reliable supplies of tap water for long. At the same time, businesses are complaining over intermittent cuts in supply.

In the circumstances, the parliamentary portfolio committee on Local Government, Public Works and National Housing’s deduction that Zinwa has failed in its mandate and should therefore cede the provision of potable water and sewer reticulation to the country’s 92 local authorities seems to make sense.

The committee, led by Mutasa South legislator Irene Zindi, was looking into issues of corruption, poor service delivery and mismanagement of ratepayers’ funds, among other alleged malpractices by councils.

Zinwa’s management of water reticulation is far from satisfactory while the tariffs they levied councils are high.

Currently, the parastatal is battling to recover $146 million owed by the local authorities in unpaid water charges.

During its investigations, the committee heard how Zinwa was indiscriminately cutting off supplies to the local authorities to force them to pay their arrears.

This exposed residents to health hazards as they inevitably turned to unprotected sources, most of which do not have safe water.

Letting Zinwa manage water and sewer reticulation, but failing to maintain the system, should be looked into again and government must review its stance.

The ideal situation is to have all local authorities manage their own sewer and water reticulation systems. Zinwa should continue to supply raw water to local authorities, albeit at a reasonable price, so that they in turn are able to supply their residents consistently at an affordable price.

It has been the norm for residents to complain about persistent water cuts with the majority of them being unhappy with the overall quality of the precious liquid supplied by the city fathers.

For the past 10 years, residents and council officials have accused the national water management authority of collecting millions of dollars from the councils, while its service has remained deplorable and water charges are exorbitant — resulting in both the local authorities and ratepayers reeling in massive debts.

Comments (3)

This article has with respect a lot of misconceptions . How is Mabvuku and Tafara linked to ZINWA..for the record urban councils do run their own utility services whilst ZINWA provides raw water from its Dams.

farai magaba - 16 May 2017

This article has with respect a lot of misconceptions . How is Mabvuku and Tafara linked to ZINWA..for the record urban councils do run their own utility services whilst ZINWA provides raw water from its Dams.

farai magaba - 16 May 2017

This article has with respect a lot of misconceptions . How is Mabvuku and Tafara linked to ZINWA..for the record urban councils do run their own utility services whilst ZINWA provides raw water from its Dams.

farai magaba - 16 May 2017

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