BULAWAYO, Thursday, November 14, 1991 — Civil servants at a government residential complex in Kezi have to bath in a nearby river and buy their drinking water because their water supplies were cut off by the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources and Development two weeks ago.
The residents complained that they were now resorting to getting their water from the nearby Mwewe River. Some of the residents said they were asking for water from their neighbours or buying it.
The housing complex which used to be under the Ministry of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development, came under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Public Construction and National Housing in November last year.
The residents said the problem started just after the transfer. They said before Ministry of Public Construction and National Housing took over, they were not told where to pay their bills. They said they approached the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources and Development but were told by this ministry that it would only accept payment from the ministry in charge of the complex.
They said their water supplies were first disconnected without warning on October 29. Then they called for a meeting with officials from the two ministries concerned who told them that there was a debt of $1 910 owing to the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources and Development for water supply to the complex.
After being promised by the Ministry of Public Construction and National Housing that something would be done, their water supplies were reconnected.
The supplies were, however, disconnected again without warning, on Monday last week. The DA for Kezi, Cde Lancelot Moyo, said the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources and Development had said they would only reconnect the water after the bill had been paid. The residents were asking for a breakdown of the bill so that each family could know how much it had to pay.
“We are afraid there might be outbreak of diarrhoea if nothing is done about this problem”, said one of the residents.