Byo residents petition Mnangagwa over water

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BULAWAYO Progressive Residents Association (Bpra) has petitioned President Emmerson Mnangagwa so he can declare the water situation in the city a state of national disaster.

Bulawayo City Council (BBC) increased water shedding to five days per week with effect from yesterday. It also comes after BCC wrote to the Lands ministry in January requesting the water situation declared a state of national emergency.

In a letter dated July 27 and addressed to  the Office of the President and Cabinet, Bpra coordinator Emmanuel Ndlovu appealed to Mnangagwa to intervene in the dire water situation faced by Bulawayo residents.

Ndlovu said the water crisis is so critical that if not properly arrested, might culminate in a calamity. “Section 77 (a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe … entrenches the right of every citizen to safe, clean and potable water and further saddles the State in peremptory language to take reasonable legislative and other measures within the limits of resources available to it to achieve the progressive realisation of this right.

“We need to bring to the attention of His Excellency that the major dams to the city were built before independence and Bulawayo faces perennial water shortages year in year out.  The city’s population has tremendously outgrown the supply capacity of these dams and siltation and the obtaining adverse climatic conditions of this ecological region have also exacerbated the situation.”

 

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