Chi­tung­wiza needs $1 mil­lion for Muda Dam

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Manicaland & Mashonaland East - Yeukai Karengezeka Her­ald Correspondent

CHI­TUNG­WIZA Mu­nic­i­pal­ity re­quires $1 mil­lion to hire an in­de­pen­dent con­sul­tant to con­duct fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies for the pro­posed Muda Dam, an of­fi­cial has said.

The pro­posed dam, which is sit­u­ated in Mahusekwa, ap­prox­i­mately 40 kilo­me­tres south of Chi­tung­wiza, is es­ti­mated to cost $350 mil­lion.

The project, which is a pub­lic pri­vate part­ner­ship ini­tia­tive with con­struc­tion and civil en­gi­neer­ing com­pany Se­sani, will need to be ap­proved by Cab­i­net once the fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies are com­plete.

Town Clerk Dr Ge­orge Makunde said they ex­pected to re­ceive fund­ing for the fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies from the In­fra­struc­ture Devel­op­ment Bank of Zim­babwe (IDBZ).

“We are pro­gress­ing quite well and we are in dis­cus­sions with IDBZ to con­clude the ap­proval process for the funds be­fore the end of this month,” he said.

“As soon as this is done, we will be no­ti­fied of the date when a ten­der can be ad­ver­tised in the press.”

Ini­tially, Se­sani had car­ried out its own fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies which were not ad­e­quate, prompt­ing the new com­mit­tee to find an in­de­pen­dent con­sul­tant. “Pri­mar­ily, Se­sani had done their own fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies, but there were some com­po­nents that were not done, but were added by the steer­ing com­mit­tee that is han­dling the Muda Dam project,” said Dr Makunde.

“There is a new struc­ture that was put in place by Gov­ern­ment called Joint Ven­ture Unit which falls un­der the plan­ning sec­tion in the Min­istry of Fi­nance which re­quested us to en­gage an in­de­pen­dent con­sul­tant and ma­jor work must be done for us to con­clu­sively say this dam project is vi­able in all re­spects.”

Coun­cil­lors adopted the plan to build Muda Dam as part of the lo­cal author­ity’s 2019-2023 strate­gic goals dur­ing a spe­cial coun­cil meet­ing last week. Ac­cord­ing to the strate­gic plan, re­view of the Muda Dam de­signs are ex­pected to be car­ried out next year.

Re­cently, Chi­tung­wiza res­i­dents urged Gov­ern­ment to pri­ori­tise the con­struc­tion of Muda Dam to mit­i­gate the wa­ter cri­sis in the town that could worsen and ex­pose res­i­dents to wa­ter-borne dis­eases like cholera and ty­phoid.

The dam is ex­pected to pro­vide clean raw wa­ter, which will be pu­ri­fied at Prince Ed­ward Wa­ter Works.

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