‘Tyson’ spoils for Zinwa fight

Min­is­ter wants coun­cils to con­trol bulk wa­ter

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Leonard Ncube

THE Min­is­ter of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Pub­lic Works and Na­tional Hous­ing, Cde Saviour Ka­sukuwere said he will push for the takeover of bulk wa­ter rights from the Zimbabwe Na­tional Wa­ter Au­thor­ity (Zinwa) by coun­cils.

Zinwa is in charge of raw wa­ter bod­ies while lo­cal au­thor­i­ties are re­spon­si­ble for pu­ri­fy­ing and pump­ing the wa­ter to res­i­dents.

A num­ber of lo­cal au­thor­i­ties coun­try­wide have said they are fail­ing to pro­vide enough wa­ter to their res­i­dents mainly be­cause Zinwa has no ca­pac­ity to pump enough wa­ter due to ob­so­lete equip­ment among other rea­sons.

Coun­cils ap­pealed to Cde Ka­sukuwere at a re­cent Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment In­vest­ment Con­fer­ence to as­sist in ad­dress­ing the prob­lem.

The con­fer­ence sought to equip ur­ban lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to col­lec­tively lure in­vestors but the coun­cils said short­age of wa­ter was the ma­jor stum­bling block.

“When­ever in­vestors come they ask for wa­ter, elec­tric­ity and land and the un­avail­abil­ity of wa­ter has cost us. We need 100 per­cent con­trol of our wa­ter which we have no rights over,” said Gwanda Mayor Cou n c i l l o r Knowl­edge Ndlovu.

Other coun­cils con­curred say­ing the chal­lenge wasn’t con­fined to Gwanda as other small towns like Lu­pane, Hwange, Plumtree, Vic­to­ria Falls, Gokwe, Beit­bridge, Karoi and Mvurwi were fac­ing the same chal­lenge.

The lo­cal au­thor­i­ties have since writ­ten to Gov­ern­ment through the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment, Wa­ter and Cli­mate seek­ing wa­ter rights.

In re­sponse Min­is­ter Ka­sukuwere said by manag­ing wa­ter, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties who are fac­ing a chal­lenge of shrink­ing rev­enue base could make sig­nif­i­cant money.

He promised to en­gage his coun­ter­part Min­is­ter Op­pah Muchin­guri-Kashiri over the is­sue.

“As for Gwanda, the town is do­ing well. The town is turn­ing around now they have ca­pac­ity and can manage wa­ter. En­gi­neer Tommy Rosen (Zinwa catch­ment man­ager for Umz­ing­wane), can you al­low Gwanda to con­trol their wa­ter be­cause they have ca­pac­ity now. I used to be on en­vi­ron­ment side but now I have to sup­port lo­cal au­thor­i­ties. I will talk to Min­is­ter

Muchin­guri-Kashiri to al­low such lo­cal au­thor­i­ties manage bulk wa­ter sup­plies so that they can earn a few dol­lars,” said Min­is­ter Ka­sukuwere. Eng Rosen was also at the con­fer­ence and he said Min­is­ter Muchin­guriKashiri was seized with

the mat­ter.

Cde Saviour Ka­sukuwere

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