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.