ZINWA disconnects Gwanda municipality over ZWL$200 mln debt

By Sifiso Tshaka
RESIDENTS of Gwanda have entered Day Three without water after the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) disconnected supplies to the town over a debt amounting to 200 million Zimbabwe dollars.
The story of the water situation in Gwanda has always been the same.
When Council‘s debt to ZINWA balloons, water supplies in the town are disconnected.
A payment plan is then agreed upon by the two parties and normalcy returns, albeit for a short period.
Residents of Gwanda have since Thursday found themselves on familiar territory once again, after ZINWA which is in charge of treated bulk water supplies disconnected supplies to the local authority over a staggering 200 million Zimbabwe dollar debt.
“We do not understand why water has been disconnected because we agreed that we would pay between 500 thousand and 2 million Zimbabwe dollars weekly towards our debt .We have since paid 17 million ZW to the parastatal in July so we are yet to hear from them what the issues are,” said Councillor Thulani Moyo
Residents who are tired of the persistent water cuts believe government should address the dual ownership of water.
“We blame council for the situation we are in, our hope is that may be government should allow us to pay for water services directly to Zinwa. This will go a long way in getting us out of this situation.” Said one resident.
Currently, the over eight thousand residents are relying on a few boreholes that are dotted around the town to access the precious liquid.
Health authorities are, however, gravely concerned by overcrowding at these water points, given worrying rise in Covid-19 cases in the Matabeleland South provincial capital.