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Bulawayo: Councillors Call For End To Water Rationing

Bulawayo: Councillors Call For End To Water Rationing

Bulawayo councillors have urged the local authority to suspend its water rationing programme which has resulted in residents spending up to four days without running water.

This comes after a recent diarrhoea outbreak in Tshabalala suburb left more than a hundred residents requiring hospital treatment.

During a full council meeting last Wednesday, councillors debated a report by the Future Water Supplies and Water Action Committee which states that the city has enough water but lacks pumping capacity.

Ward 6 councillor Shadreck Sibanda challenged Council and the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) to come clean on the current water challenges in Bulawayo. He said:

Recently, ZESA issued a statement denying that power outages were causing water shortages, and on the other hand the BCC says power interruptions by ZESA are compromising pumping.

We need to offer clarity to the residents of Bulawayo and come clean on what’s happening with regards to the water situation.

We’re in December and the dams are full with rains promising, but we’re still subjecting residents to a 72-hour water rationing regime.

Is there light at the end of the tunnel on when the water-shedding will be lifted?

Deputy mayor Mlandu Ncube blamed ZESA for the water crisis, accusing the power utility of abdicating its responsibilities. He said:

The problem we have is that ZESA has washed its hands off on the water problem and it’s now difficult to know who is telling the truth between us and them, but people know we’re the ones failing to give them water.

How is it possible that we rely so much on ZESA? It’s like we’re happy to close the taps for the residents.

Last year we had a problem with water shortages but God gave us the rains and now we’re failing to pump it.

Why can’t we come up with innovative ways to pump the water like solar energy? We need to be very serious about the water issue as city fathers.

Ward 20 councillor Rodney Jele threatened to sponsor a motion for the dissolution of the water committee.

Responding to the councillors, committee chairperson Sikhululekile Moyo of Ward 17 said ZESA had a fault with one of their transformers in Umzingwane and that has hindered the pumping of water.

Mayor Mguni warned that it could be several months before the water rationing is discontinued.

He said the council’s dams are not full, with Umzingwane set to be decommissioned on 15 December.

More: ZimLive


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2 Comments

Brian 5 months ago

Mapanzure gvt high school in mvg could not finish mathematics exam due lack of stationary.The was no graph papers and the pupils left the questions unanswered because of limited graph papers.Some of the students are talking of reporting to zimsec in Masvingo town.This is because the administration is corrupt and they eat exam fees and could not buy the stationary.Basure the siniour teacher and the gvt high school told the pupils that Zimsec was supposed to provide the stationary not the school which is incorrect.Mapakomhere high school nearby had enough graph papers for the exam about 4 graph papers each which is correct. Chauraya head of Mapanzure gvt high school is said to be tyrant and running currupt administration.Everyday he goes to town Masvingo using school resources but he could not buy the stationary for the poor pupils.Chiweshe the deputy head of Mapanzure high School is believed to the who was in charge of the paper 2 mathematics.I think Pindula news and the Anty corruption council of Zimbabwe should visit the school to investigate the issue because most of the stack holders and community are complaining of the currupt adminstration of Mapanzure high school. Head's office is in the school car and most of his teachers are subotaging the head.The ACCZ should visit the school and community to investigate this mathematics exams because the future of the students is in danger.Can you guys help to reach Pindula news so I could give the news in full


Eiish 5 months ago

Deputy mayor says dams are full yet the mayor says the dams are not full ngapha abantu behuda etshabalala



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