Loughty Dube/Lungile Zulu
THE chairman of Matabeleland Zambezi Water Trust (MZWT), Dumiso Dabengwa, has for the first time revealed that the organisation has no funds an
d that there is no government support to take the project forward.
The MZWT is the management arm of the Matabeleland Zambezi Water Project (MZWP), an ambitious project to pipe water from the Zambezi River to arid Matabeleland provinces. The government has in the past said it has taken over the implementation and funding of the entire project. The revelations by Dabengwa reflect its insincerity on the whole project.
Dabengwa this week told a meeting convened by international donor agencies to discuss the water problems currently affecting Bulawayo that the MZWT has no funds to implement the project in the near future and appealed for funding from international donor agencies.
“MZWT has no money at the moment,” said Dabengwa.
“We are appealing for funds from all NGOs to chip in and help save our project as the government also does not have any money to do so,” he said.
“We are in dire need of 300 000 tonnes of cement to complete the dam wall at the Gwayi-Shangani dam. We still do not have a dam wall and the contractors have left the site,” Dabengwa said.
Donor agencies that attended the meeting included Christian Care, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Canadian International Development Agency, Unicef and the Fund for International Development.