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Residents Association (CHRA)
May 16, 2007
Harare Residents' Association (CHRA) is extremely concerned by the
errant behaviour of the powers that be at the Zimbabwe National
Water Authority (ZINWA) including the Ministry of Water Resources
and Infrastructural Development. The incessant complaints typical
of cry babies and failures and are intended to camouflage their
incapacity to satisfy the demand for water.
of Water and Infrastructural Development, Engineer Munacho Mutezo,
was quoted in the Herald 15 May 2007 accusing the City of Harare
of being dishonest in its dealings with the water authority. The
media has been awash with misleading comments by ZINWA since they
were imposed on Harare by Ignatius Chiminya Morgan Chombo, the Minister
of Local Government, Public Works and Urban Development. Is it by
coincidence or design that the decision to hand over our assets
and lifeline to ZINWA was made at the he time he re-appointed the
illegal Commission running Harare on 13 December 2006.
follow hard on the heels of yet another disastrous action by Mutezo.
The reshuffling of the Zinwa Board on Wednesday 25 October 2006
by Mutezo was clear confirmation that Zinwa has failed to perform,
even to the low standards expected from parastatals. Minister Mutezo
ordered the water authority to urgently address the water woes being
experienced in Harare. The regime constantly demonstrates its centralist
and commandist attitudes and believes that by issuing orders, the
situation will be rectified despite the fact that our water woes
arise from a combination of bad policies, partisan political interference
as well as technical and financial problems.
The time has
come for the whole nation to reject and denounce this madness from
the Minister and his cronies at the water authority. They are forever
complaining about almost everything related to their services, blaming
every bad thing on the City of Harare and taking credit for all
the good things. Remember, the City has no legitimate authority
save for an illegal commission appointed by the Minister. CHRA rejects
these irrelevant excuses and insists that ZINWA must be disbanded
with immediate effect or it becomes a department in the Ministry
of Water Resources and Infrastructural Development with clearly
terms of reference which does not include the responsibility of
water distribution, treatment, supply .
just shut up and realise that he is a Minister responsible for a
failed parastatal. ZINWA has nothing to show for its existence except
of course 'jobs for the boys'. It is clearly a political
(if not personal) project that is driven by malice and incompetence.
The Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Local
Government Honourable Margaret Zinyemba was quoted in the Herald
(31 March 2007) saying Cabinet should reconsider its decision to
transfer water and sewerage reticulation services from local authorities
to ZINWA because the water authority lacked capacity and mandate.
CHRA is opposed to the commodification of basic services and especially
to the de facto privatisation of our water resources for the enrichment
of a few individuals. The water system belongs to Harare and must
be returned to its rightful owners. Playing games and shifting responsibilities
is not the answer to our water problems. CHRA demands the immediate
return of water and sewer reticulation services to the local authority
from ZINWA in line with Parliament and Senate recommendations. To
cap it all, CHRA demands the immediate restoration of legitimate
authority to manage the resources of Harare in line with court judgments
Visit the CHRA
- High Court,
Hungwe J. HH 210/2001 (CHRA and Another vs. RG)
- HH 80/ 2005
Makarau J (Christopher Magwenzi Zvobgo vs. City of Harare and
- Sandura J
(Stevenson vs. Minister of Local Government and Others SC 38/02)
J. Chinengo-HH24-2002, and
- Justice Kamocha
ruling -HH 13-2007/ HC5604/06 (Nomutsa Chideya vs. City of Harare,
the eight commissioners and the probe team that recommended Chideya's
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