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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Mon­day, De­cem­ber 2, 1991 — A Trus­tee of the Mata­bele­land Zam­bezi Wa­ter Project Fund, Al­der­man Mike Con­standi­nos, ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment with the Min­is­ter of En­ergy and Wa­ter Devel­op­ment, Cde Her­bert Ushe­wokunze, for chang­ing his stance vis-a—vis Govern­ment sup­port for the wa­ter project.

Ald Con­standi­nos said yes­ter­day that he was dis­ap­pointed when he read the min­is­ter’s state­ment on Satur­day that the project had not been ac­corded na­tional sta­tus by the Govern­ment.

“I was very dis­ap­pointed that the min­is­ter made a U-turn in his sup­port for the project and this has damp­ened the spirit of the peo­ple who had been told that the Govern­ment was back­ing the scheme,’’ he said.

Al­der­man Con­standi­nos said that he be­lieved the Govern­ment was go­ing to adopt the project as a na­tional is­sue as it was en­joy­ing Govern­ment moral sup­port.

Cde Ushe­wokunze said a week ago that the Govern­ment re­garded the Zam­bezi Wa­ter Project as a na­tional is­sue. He said that this would make it eas­ier for the project to get ex­ter­nal as­sis­tance.

On Fri­day, the min­is­ter re­tracted to his state­ment and said that the MZWP had not been adopted as a na­tional project and that the Govern­ment had sev­eral other op­tions to choose from.

Ald Con­standi­nos told Pe­land­aba res­i­dents dur­ing their an­nual meet­ing that five for­eign coun­tries had promised as­sis­tance for the project but can only ne­go­ti­ate at a govern­ment to govern­ment level.

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