'Harare should ring fence water account'

HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) should ring-fence their water account so that no money is siphoned out for activities that are not related to its mandate.

Community Water Alliance (CWA) national coordinator Hildaberta Rwambiwa said HCC should ensure that water is delivered to everyone who pays for it.

Rwambiwa’s remarks come as CWA has set out a set of goals that it hopes the new councillors at Town House will fulfil.

“Our expectations are also informed by the fact that we have the 2013 Constitution that requires full consummation.

“The people expect meaningful budget allocation to water by local authorities. We are expecting at least 10 percent of the local authorities’ budget to be allocated to water and sanitation. HCC should also consider ring-fencing the water account,” Rwambiwa said.

She emphasised that by ring-fencing the water account there will no longer be the use of financial resources generated from water for other purposes other than water provision.

The CWA national coordinator said there should be accountability and transparency in the management and administration of water funds and tender processes to avoid corruption and tender-preneurship.

Rwambiwa also highlighted that land invasions and allowing developments on wetlands should be looked into with urgency as this was one of the reasons why Harare’s water was in its poor state.

“There must be an immediate stop to privatisation, commercialisation and commodification of potable water meant for domestic use.

“Water is a right that everyone should enjoy.

‘‘We expect councillors to issue a moratorium on arbitrary water disconnections through a full council resolution like what Bulawayo City Council did,” Rwambiwa said.

Prior to elections, residents associations launched a “Issue based Vote” campaign where they educated the electorate on how voting for candidates who would deliver services would benefit them.

Key among the issues raised was provision of potable water, provision of housing, provision of adequate healthcare and the repair of roads.

Comments (1)

This term "ring fence" is now quite popular here... boring !!!

fence ringed - 5 September 2018

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