Chivi RDC to im­prove wa­ter sit­u­a­tion

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Walter Mswazie Masvingo Cor­re­spon­dent Tawanda Man­goma in CHIREDZI

CHIVI Ru­ral District Coun­cil has em­barked on an am­bi­tious pro­gramme to im­prove potable wa­ter avail­abil­ity through sink­ing of bore­holes and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of small dams across the arid district.

Newly-elected coun­cil chair Coun­cil­lor God­frey Mukun­gunugwa yes­ter­day said ad­dress­ing the pre­car­i­ous wa­ter sit­u­a­tion was top of his new coun­cil’s list of pri­or­i­ties.

Cllr Mukun­gunugwa (ward 6) said Chivi RDC wanted a per­ma­nent solution to wa­ter woes blight­ing the arid district that is al­ways at the re­ceiv­ing end of droughts.

“I am go­ing to work with my coun- A ZAKA man has been jailed 90 years for rap­ing and im­preg­nat­ing his 13 yearold daugh­ter.

Farai Chimhamhasi (37) of Mateko vil­lage un­der Chief Ndanga, will, how­ever, serve an ef­fec­tive 75 years be­hind bars af­ter Chiredzi re­gional mag­is­trate Mrs Ju­dith Zuyu sus­pended 15 years on con­di­tion of good be­hav­iour.

In pass­ing sen­tence, Mrs Zuyu said Chimhamhasi had failed to ex­e­cute his cil to ad­dress the peren­nial wa­ter chal­lenges in Chivi through drilling many bore­holes and re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing ex­ist­ing once,” he said. “We also want to make sure small dams are con­structed across the district to sup­port small gar­dens and small-scale fish­eries projects that boost in­come and nu­tri­tion for lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.”

Cllr Mukun­gunugwa said his coun­cil was pin­ning its hopes on the Tugwi-Mukosi Dam, which was ex­pected to rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies ir­ri­ga­tion in Chivi.

He said full util­i­sa­tion of the dam, which bi­sects Chivi and Masvingo dis­tricts, would open vast op­por­tu­ni­ties in ir­ri­ga­tion and fish­eries ben­e­fit­ing thou­sands of vil­lagers.

“We have a few bore­holes in our dis- trict and we want to li­aise with the District De­vel­op­ment Fund (DDF) and other ser­vice providers so that we have more bore­holes through­out all the wards,” said Cllr Mukun­gunugwa.

“We want a sit­u­a­tion where vil­lagers would not travel more than 1,5km to the near­est wa­ter point. We also have Tugwi-Mukosi Dam which should be our cash cow in terms of rev­enue as it has been ear­marked for mas­sive in­vest­ment.

“We would col­lect rev­enue from taxis and in­vest­ment fees from those will­ing to do busi­ness at the dam. We are go­ing to have in­vest­ments in wildlife con­ser­vancy op­er­a­tions, hos­pi­tal­ity and tourism.”

The 1,8 bil­lion cu­bic me­tre-ca­pac­ity Tugwi-Mukosi Dam has a po­ten­tial to ir­ri­gate at least 25 000 hectares of land.

A mas­sive fish­ery project is al­ready in the off­ing fol­low­ing the stock­ing of more than 200 000 fin­ger­lings (young fish) in the dam, by the Zim­babwe Na­tional Parks and Wildlife Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity, last year.

Cllr Mukun­gunugwa said his coun­cil was fo­cus­ing on build­ing new schools, and clin­ics over the next half a decade to re­duce the dis­tance trav­elled by learn­ers and pa­tients to ac­cess ed­u­ca­tional and health ser­vices.

He cited the plight of the Mhan­dam­abwe com­mu­nity where school chil­dren were walk­ing for up to 14km to get to the near­est school.

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