United Family International Church (UFIC) leader Emmanuel Makandiwa and his wife, Ruth, yesterday came to the rescue of hundreds of Mabvuku and Tafara residents struggling to get clean water when they handed over two boreholes to the community.
by Aaron Ufumeli
UFIC spokesperson Prime Kufa handed over the boreholes on behalf of the Makandiwas.
Harare City Council (HCC) has been struggling to provide water to most parts of Mabvuku and Tafara high-density suburbs for the past five years.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, Kufa said UFIC was thankful to council for allowing the church to sink the boreholes in the area.
“We have areas where we asked for permission from the relevant authorities to sink boreholes so that we can give people water, but they refused,” he said.
“It is Prophet Ruth Makandiwa’s wish to help communities in many ways and she is known for her charitable works.”
HCC environmental management committee chairperson Chris Mbanga said council needed to look for more alternative sources of water as the capital continued to grow.
“The completion of Kunzvi and Musami dams is long overdue and every effort is being made to make sure that they are completed,” Mbanga said.
A local resident, Winnet Makanda, said: “We are happy because of this borehole since we have for long been suffering. We have been forced to drink unsafe water because we had no choice and the water from wells we have sunk is still unsafe.”