BULAWAYO — Bulawayo City Council [BCC] has blasted Water Resources and Management minister Samuel Sipepa-Nkomo for failing to explain the delay in connecting water supply from Mtshabezi-Umzingwane pipe to the city.
BY SILAS NKALA
Sipepa-Nkomo had previously promised that the city, which is facing a serious water crisis, would start receiving water from the pipeline a fortnight ago.
A representative of the city’s water crisis advocacy sub-committee, Armstrong Sibanda expressed concern that Bulawayo continued to face a water crisis despite assurance from Sipepa-Nkomo that the problem would soon be addressed.
“The city is still on 96 hours water-rationing,” said Sibanda.
“The promised projects have not been able to deliver water to the residents of Bulawayo — Mtshabezi pipeline remains a mysterious dream.”
Sibanda said the committee recently visited the pipeline and was informed that the project was complete.
“But the minister has not come back to explain what the challenge is despite the fact that he told residents at a service delivery conference a month ago that the city would have water from Mtshabezi soon,” said Sibanda.
BCC director of engineering services, Simela Dube said the council was yet to be advised by the Zimbabwe National Water Authority [Zinwa] on a date for the commissioning of the Mtshabezi-Umzingwane pipeline, a project expected to supply the city with 17 megalitres of water per day.
Efforts to get comment from Sipepa-Nkomo were fruitless at the time of going to press.