PRESIDENT EMMERSON Mnangagwa yesterday instructed key stakeholders in the water delivery sector to immediately come up with a detailed proposal to tackle the water crisis in the City of Kings as the water crisis becomes dire, Sunday News reports.
This was revealed by the Information Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Nick Mangwana who said:
“This meeting noted that though the issue of water delivery in Bulawayo and its attendant challenges are well known to successive elected city council officials and representatives, there has not been a comprehensive plan to address it effectively.
“To that end he directed that the stakeholders to this issue, who include Bulawayo City Council, Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement and the Zimbabwe National Water Authority come with a detailed and comprehensive proposal to solve the water challenges.
BCC Town clerk Mr Dube confirmed the meeting and said the president now has a better understanding of the situation and said:
“What we noted is that the President is fully aware of the situation in the city but he now has a greater appreciation of the situation on the ground.
“We will now work on the proposal, and send it to the President so that the budget we require is released as a matter of urgency and we start working on the identified water augmentation projects.”
Bulawayo’s water woes made headlines as the city introduced a 144-hour water shedding-schedule.