RBZ recues HCC on water crisis

Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor, John Mangudya

THE Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has agreed to rescue the Harare City Council (HCC) by providing it with foreign currency to buy water treatment chemicals to improve potable water supply in the capital.

A crucial meeting on the water situation was held last week between RBZ and HCC where RBZ governor John Mangudya was present.

Harare mayor Jacob Mafume yesterday confirmed the development to NewsDay saying RBZ also agreed to provide foreign currency to import 15 service delivery vehicles from South Africa.

“We met RBZ authorities last week and we agreed to find a lasting solution on the issue of water in our city. The RBZ agreed to provide us with the much needed foreign currency so that we can buy the water chemicals for treatment of water.  Once we have the figure, we will announce the development,” Mafume said.

“We are happy that the RBZ has agreed to meet some of our challenges.  We also await 15 service delivery trucks which are outside the country because the contractor was affected by the foreign currency challenges, and has been failing to get the required currency. The contractor needs at least US$1,2 million dollars to import the trucks.”

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