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as ZINWA tariffs continue to bite - rates boycott gathers momentum
Residents Association (CHRA)
October 11, 2007
National Water Authority (ZINWA) raised its water tariffs 3 weeks
ago to levels that have left Harare residents thunder struck. The
water tariffs have been increased from $3596, 20 per cubic meter
to $23 765, 63 backdated to August 1 2007. Residents who received
bills of between $5million and $25 million continue to flood CHRA
offices stating that they cannot afford the bills. What is baffling
is that residents continue to receive erratic water supplies amid
the ballooned costs.
suffered in a number of ways as a result of the takeover. Here are
some of the complaints brought by residents to CHRA.
- Disease outbreaks
(Cholera and Dysentery) mostly in Mabvuku, Tafara and Mbare
- Right to
challenge water increases usurped
water supplies (dirty when supply comes)
CHRA urges all
residents to boycott payments of water bills. CHRA continues to
receive many residents looking for information on the rates boycott
campaign. The campaign has been running for the past one year and
has over 3000 rate boycotters. Residents are willing to starve the
regime of vital resources that are sustaining oppression. ZINWA
is illegitimate and has no legal mandate to collect water bills.
Residents must not fund their oppression.
of water services from local authorities follows a Cabinet decision
authorizing the water body to act as such. Harare has been having
water problems ever since. We appeal to other local authorities
to resist the takeover as it will lead to the collapse of services
in the country. ZINWA has no capacity to run water affairs.
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