The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Thurs­day, Au­gust 22, 1991 — There now seems to be some light at the end of the tun­nel re­gard­ing the du­pli­ca­tion of the wa­ter pipe­line in Bu­l­awayo from Ncema to the Cri­te­rion Wa­ter­works.

Af­ter pro­longed ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil and var­i­ous par­ties in­volved in the project, the coun­cil yes­ter­day gave an as­sur­ance that every­thing pos­si­ble was be­ing done to ex­pe­dite the sign­ing of the agree­ment.

Bu­l­awayo’s Town Clerk, Cde Mike Ndu­biwa, said the de­lay in the com­mence­ment of the project was caused by ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the com­pany which was con­tracted to do the job, the China Met­al­lur­gi­cal Con­struc­tion Cor­po­ra­tion, the Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil and the Min­istry of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Ru­ral and Ur­ban Devel­op­ment.

“This is in view of the im­por­tance of the wa­ter and the value of the con­tract which is worth $28 mil­lion. We have to en­sure that the in­ter­ests of coun­cil, the res­i­dents and the con­trac­tor are legally safe­guarded,’’ he said, adding that the con­tract could be signed only af­ter it had been ex­am­ined by the coun­cil lawyers and the lawyers of the con­trac­tor.

Work on the project had been sched­uled to start some­time be­tween De­cem­ber last year and Jan­uary.

Cde Ndu­biwa said that the mat­ter had run into sev­eral snags due to the size and na­ture of the con­tract. He, how­ever, said that there was hope that the sign­ing of the con­tract would take place soon.

“The Di­rec­tor of En­gi­neer­ing Ser­vices is be­ing sent to Harare to fi­nalise the tech­ni­cal doc­u­ment on the con­tract with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of CMCC,’’ he said..

An en­gi­neer at CMCC said that his com­pany was ea­ger to start on the project. He said they were just wait­ing for the city coun­cil to give them the go ahead.

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