Maligwa acts to end Dangamvura wa­ter woes

The Manica Post - - Front Page - Abel Zhakata Se­nior Re­porter

MUTARE City Coun­cil is on the mar­ket to bor­row $700 000, which is re­quired to com­plete a du­pli­cate wa­ter pipe­line that is ex­pected to end two decades of wa­ter woes in Dangamvura and Fern Val­ley sub­urbs.

The pipe­line, which con­nects the Dangamvura Reser­voir to the gi­ant Christ­mas Pass tanks, was aban­doned seven years ago after the lo­cal author­ity was duped of $330 000 by a lo­cal sup­plier.

Although a Mutare court ruled in 2012 that An­der­son Mwashita’s com­pany — Shi­tazburg In­vest­ments — resti­tutes the lo­cal author­ity, nothing has been re­cov­ered, re­sult­ing in the wa­ter pipe­line project ly­ing idle with­out fund­ing.

Town Clerk, Mr Joshua Maligwa, said although the lo­cal author­ity was bor­row­ing fresh cap­i­tal to fund the project, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity had not given up on its bid to re­cover the $330 000 from Shi­tazburg In­vest­ments.

“We have now en­gaged the po­lice to hunt for the man who dis­ap­peared with our money. At the mo­ment we are in the process of re­cov­er­ing $30 000, which Mwashita de­posited to a cer­tain com­pany in South Africa. “Our lawyers are work­ing on that and we hope the money will come our way soon. The where­abouts of Mwashita are not yet known, but we are keep­ing our fin­gers crossed and pray that the po­lice will soon catch up with him.”

Mr Maligwa said coun­cil had en­gaged sev­eral fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions will­ing to bankroll the out­stand­ing 4km stretch of the pipe­line to the tune of $700 000.

“We have lined up the In­fra­struc­ture Devel­op­ment Bank of Zim­babwe which has al­ready car­ried out a study of the project.

“We have also lined up CBZ, MetBank, CABS and the South­ern Re­gion Trad­ing Com­pany. Th­ese in­sti­tu­tions will come on board on the pri­vate-pub­lic-part­ner­ship plat­form,” he said. If all goes ac­cord­ing to plan, said Mr Maligwa, coun­cil ex­pects to com­plete the project be­fore year end.

“This trunk line must be com­pleted be­cause it will not only ease pre­vail­ing wa­ter short­ages, but also aid ur­ban ex­pan­sion,” he said.

“We have since ad­ver­tised for se­ri­ous con­trac­tors to come on-board so that we fin­ish the pipe­line at a cost of $700 000.

“De­spite se­ri­ous cash flow prob­lems we are fac­ing, we have de­cided to go out of our way to bor­row money to com­plete the pipe­line be­cause the peo­ple of Dangamvura have been suf­fer­ing for a long time.

“We value our res­i­dents in Dangamvura who have gone for more than 10 years with­out ad­e­quate wa­ter sup­plies. There will be abun­dant wa­ter sup­ply in Dangamvura and this will also al­le­vi­ate wa­ter chal­lenges in Fern Val­ley.

“That trunk line will also ben­e­fit emerg­ing lo­ca­tions be­tween Dangamvura and Fern Val­ley as well as pro­vid­ing wa­ter to the Mid­lands State Univer­sity cam­pus and Zimunya Town­ship. We will soon par­cel out 350 low-den­sity stands in Fern Val­ley that will also get wa­ter once that trunk line is com­plete.”

Coun­cil re­cently al­lo­cated 15 hectares of land to the Zim­babwe School of Mines for the con­struc­tion of a col­lege that will also get wa­ter once the trunk line is fin­ished.

Mr Maligwa said the lo­cal author­ity would ef­fi­ciently me­ter all the house­holds in Dangamvura in or­der to re­alise mean­ing­ful re­turns from the project and be able to pay back the $700 000.

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