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UN agencies, NGOs to Harare’s rescue

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©️  NON-Governmental Organisations and United Nations agencies have partnered with Harare City Council to repair and rehabilitate the city’s aged water distribution network in various suburbs.

According to recent environmental management committee minutes, Unicef, Oxfam, VEI, Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) and Welthungerhilfe (WHH) have undertaken to fix boreholes and infrastructure rehabilitation.
The city has been dogged with outbreaks of waterborne diseases caused by lack of water and aged infrastructure that exposed people to various disease causing bacteria.

“The Unicef, VEI and Oxfam partnership project was estimated at US$50 000 inclusive of labour contribution and so far 38 boreholes have been repaired.

The acting director of Harare Water further reported that capacity tests for a possible 12 boreholes were conducted and of those, five boreholes had a yield of less than 2 500 litres per hour (l/h) which was smaller yield for an upgrade into a solar powered system. The water points that had a yield of at least 2 500l/h and above and were equipped to mini solar powered systems,” read part of the minutes.
The minutes noted that certain communities with boreholes that had the capacity to be upgraded to solar power refused to upgrade, while some residents were maintaining municipal boreholes themselves.
Council resolved that all boreholes were to be placed on Geographical Information System (GIS) for easy mapping and location.

Meanwhile, council in another partnership with Unicef and GIZ’s sister organisation WHH, would provide water meters and fix water pipes in Glen View and Budiriro as they were recognised as cholera and typhoid hotspots.

The project estimated to cost US$300 000 would see the fitting and installing of 2 000 water meters, replacement of six kilometres of water pipes and the unblocking of sewers.

Meanwhile, Harare City Council Environmental Management Committee chairperson Kudzai Kadzombe said the $26 million they got from Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara) was not enough for repairs and maintenance of roads they had earmarked for the year.

“Disbursements from Zinara amounting to $26 million were inadequate to cover five roads in each of the 46 wards envisaged under the proposed Memorandum of Agreement with the Harare Quarry (Pvt) Ltd…we submitted the final draft for consideration and are awaiting to get their response,” Kadzombe said.

A 2018 report by the Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe (Ucaz) revealed that very few local authorities have adequate road infrastructure.

The report based on service delivery benchmarking stated that only 21,2 percent of roads in the 32 urban councils were in good condition.

Ucaz emphasised the need for more resources to be channelled towards roads maintenance if the roads were to be trafficable.

 

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