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'BCC, govt must bow down heads in shame over Bulawayo water situation'

by Stephen Jakes
18 Jun 2020 at 09:58hrs | Views
MDC Alliance member Descent Bajila has said the Bulawayo City Council and the government must bow down their heads in shame over failure to provide adequate water to the city after 40 years of independence.

This comes after reports that some people in Luveve died after consuming contaminated water.

"There is a problem of waterborne diseases in Luveve Ward 15 that have killed more citizens than COVID-19. The Ministry of Water (under whose authority all water bodies lie) and Bulawayo City Council (whose responsibilities include the supply of clean and safe water), must deep their heads in shame in light of these developments. Whatever the challenges of our people, the buck stops at the door of leadership," he said in a Facebook post.

"As responsible citizens, we must accept that there is a problem with water scarcity due to climate change and dilapidated water pipes that cannot be easily replaced using the ZW$ currency. We lost a window of opportunity to fix our infrastructure between 2009 and 2015 when we were using a strong currency."

He said as a medium-term solution, Central Government must declare the Bulawayo Water Crisis a National Disaster, so as to empower the Municipality to fundraise outside the public purse and in multiple currencies.

"In the long term, Bulawayo City Council must invest in replacing (not repairing) old water and sewerage pipes that have often resulted in sewerage bursting into consumption water pipes. At the same time, we need a robust debate on future water sources and the possibility of recycling water for our fast-growing city," he said.

"After consultations between Friends of Discent Collins Bajila and the Bajila Family, we have agreed to supply the Mafakela Primary and Luveve Primary sections of Ward 15 with 5 000 litres of clean water for the next few days. We await disinfection and certification of our bowser by City Council, thereafter deliveries will resume."

Source - Byo24News