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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

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.

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