By Innocent Nxumalo
GOVERNMENT has directed the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) to expedite the handing over of water supply systems to the Gwanda and Beitbridge local authorities to ensure efficient provision of the precious liquid.
Government says the cat and mouse games between the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA), Gwanda and Beitbridge municipalities must stop forthwith for the sake of the residents.
This comes after an assessment tour in Beitbridge by the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development Dr Anxious Masuka.
“As government we are not amused at all that ZINWA and these two municipalities continue to disagree while the people have no water. This is unacceptable at all. We have ordered ZINWA to suspend this prepaid bulk water system to ensure that people access water,” he said.
Matabeleland South Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution Honourable Abednico Ncube welcomed the move which seeks to protect the interests of residents.
“We commend this resolution of easing the pressure on people in Beitbridge and Gwanda, ordinary people have nothing to do with ZINWA and municipalities’ disagreements, and water is a basic right,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Municipality of Beitbridge has revived plans to introduce household prepaid water metres to improve its capacity to provide adequate water to residents of the border town.