HARARE residents have been calling on Zinwa to restore management of their water supply to the City of Harare for over two years now. Sadly, these calls have continuously fallen on deaf ears — the ears of minister of Water Resources, Munacho Mutezo. His
favourite claim has always been that the take-over is a cabinet directive, allowing him to avoid engaging in any serious debate on the matter. He obviously does not share MDC’s belief that residents have a right to participate in decisions affecting them.
Now the chickens have come home to roost, with outbreaks of severe water-borne diseases all over town, particularly in Mabvuku, Tafara and Hatcliffe. Far from Zinwa improving the supply of clean water, these and other suburbs have endured increased water shortages, with residents going for weeks and months at a time without a single drop of water coming out of their taps — in contrast with overflowing sewage outside and even inside their homes.
Not only are residents succumbing to water-borne diseases, but even the clinics have been unable to assist the sick because they themselves have no water!
Hatcliffe Clinic reported yesterday that they had had no water for over a week, and although they had been sent a bowser, they could not fill it at the nearby borehole because the City of Harare had no diesel to put in the tractor to tow the bowser!
Since Zinwa cannot provide water to a clinic in the City of Harare, and since there is now a serious outbreak of water-borne diseases as a result of Zinwa‚s failure, it is clear that Mutezo has failed. He must do the honourable thing and resign.
Trudy Stevenson, MP
MDC Spokesperson for Local
Government and Housing.