Gweru runs dry

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pa­tience Mut­siwi and Love­more Zi­gara Mid­lands Re­porters

GWERU has gone for three days with­out water forc­ing res­i­dents to fetch water from un­pro­tected sources.

Act­ing town clerk Mr Edgar Mwedzi con­firmed the devel­op­ment.

He said the lo­cal au­thor­ity has not been pump­ing water from Gwen­horo Dam af­ter the only trans­former broke down when it was struck by light­ning over the week­end.

“We’ve ex­pe­ri­enced a ma­jor break­down at Gwen­horo Dam and the re­pairs are un­der­way, the trans­former which sup­plies elec­tric­ity to Gwen­horo Dam was dam­aged on Sun­day due to heavy rains.

“I’m not sure how long they will take, we will no­tify you once they’re done,” he said.

Pub­lic toi­lets and res­i­dents’ toi­lets have clogged due to the un­avail­abity of water.

Mean­while, the city fa­thers were yes­ter­day forced to aban­don a bud­get con­sul­ta­tion meet­ing that had been sched­uled for Mkoba Hall in Mkoba 3 sub­urb.

A hand­ful of res­i­dents who pitched up com­plained that they were too few to make mean­ing­ful con­tri­bu­tions.

Coun­cil of­fi­cials who at­tended the bud­get con­sul­ta­tion meet­ing who in­cluded Gweru Com­mis­sion chair­per­son Mr Tsunga Mhangami, Mr Mwedzi, act­ing cham­ber sec­re­tary Mr Gib­son Ching­wadza and Ward 11 Coun­cil­lor Si­las Furo, among oth­ers, gave in to res­i­dents’ pres­sure and can­celled the meet­ing.

The res­i­dents ac­cused coun­cil of­fi­cials of not ad­e­quately in­form­ing them about the bud­get con­sul­ta­tion meet­ing be­fore­hand lead­ing to the low turnout.

Last week coun­cil is­sued no­tices and dis­trib­uted fliers in­form­ing res­i­dents that they were go­ing to hold bud­get con­sul­ta­tion meet­ings in var­i­ous lo­cal­i­ties in the city.

An el­derly res­i­dent, Mr Japhet Ncube, said: “Most peo­ple don’t know about this meet­ing be­cause coun­cil work­ers just left the fliers at the shop­ping cen­tre yet when you want to hand us to debt col­lec­tors you ex­e­cute a door by door ap­proach and that’s what you should have done with the fliers,” he said.

“We’re even fewer than the coun­cil of­fi­cials here and I don’t think our views will be a true rep­re­sen­ta­tion of res­i­dents hence I pro­pose you post­pone the meet­ing. Use the hailer so that peo­ple can come in num­bers.”

In another devel­op­ment, coun­cil has pre­sented a static $31, 5 mil­lion bud­get for 2017.

“From the fore­go­ing dis­cus­sions depict­ing a de­pressed eco­nomic en­vi­ron­ment, the 2017 bud­get will be a stand­still bud­get which shall give em­pha­sis to adopt­ing strict fis­cal dis­ci­pline and a raft of cost cut­ting mea­sures and rev­enue en­hance­ment strate­gies,” read part of the bud­get sum­mary state­ment.

The bud­get sum­mary state­ment also hinted that coun­cil would close some of its loss mak­ing en­ti­ties.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe meets Le­sotho Prime Min­is­ter Pakalitha Mo­sisili dur­ing that coun­try’s Golden Ju­bilee cel­e­bra­tions in Maseru yes­ter­day. — Pic­ture by Pres­i­den­tial Pho­tog­ra­pher Joseph Nyadzayo

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