BULAWAYO, Thursday, September 5, 1991 — The construction of the Nyamafufu Dam in Mvuma is not expected to start until early next year, an official in the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources and Development has said.
Responding to an earlier article which quoted the Mvuma Town Management Board secretary, Cde Shadreck Marecha, as saying that work was expected to start last week, the official said although the money for the dam was now available, work on the dam was not expected to start until February next year.
Nyamafufu Dam is the only salvation to the water blues being faced by the gold mining town, with a population of 14 000, which is now relying on three boreholes — strict water rationing is now in force in the town.
Asked to clarify his earlier statement, Cde Marecha insisted that he had been informed by the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources and Development in Gweru that work on this dam was scheduled to start at the end of last month.
The Town Management Board chairman, Mrs June Hallias, has accused the Government of neglecting Mvuma in favour of other areas.
The level of the dam supplying Mvuma is already too low to cater for the town and although the local authority spent $62 000 scooping the dam last year, there was not enough rain to fill it up.