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Water project still grounded

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THE long-awaited Matabeleland Za-mbezi Water Project (MZWP) has still not got underway amid revelations that US$500 million is needed to start the project that has been on the drawing board for


The latest promise made by theMatabeleland Zambezi Water Trust (MZWT) was that the project would kick off at the beginning of the year. However, up to now the projecthas failed to get off the ground.

MZWT chairman Dumiso Dabengwa said he was not prepared to comment on MZWT issues at the moment but said he would do so next month.

“At present I can not comment on MZWP issues but I will be in a position to do so next month when everything is clear,” said Dabengwa.

However, sources close to the operations of the MZWT said what was hampering progress was the unavailability of funds since the project was not allocated funds during this year’s budget.

“This year’s budget did not allocate anything to the MZWT and about US$500 million is needed to get the project off the ground,” said a source.

The source said the MZWT was finding it difficult to secure the funds through the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (Zinwa) because of red tape.

“The Matabeleland Water project is not the only water project in the Zinwa plans. There are various other projects that need to be implemented nationwide from the meagre resources allocated,” said the source.

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