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BPRA weekend activity report: 26 – 27 April 2013
Residents Association (BPRA)
April 29, 2013
water crisis, the city’s faulty billing system, and failure
by the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) to collect refuse regularly dominated
meetings organised by Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association
(BPRA) this past weekend (27 and 28 April 2013). The meetings, which
were held in Old Pumula, Nkulumane, Entumbane and Mpopoma, were
aimed at providing platforms for residents to engage in critical
discussions with service providers, councillors and Members of Parliament.
In Mpopoma residents got an opportunity to be appraised by their
Member of Parliament, Samuel Sandla Khumalo on how he utilised the
Constituency Development Fund (CDF) to develop the region. The ire
of the residents was drawn as they were not impressed by what he
had to tell them.
that were raised at the meetings include:
complained that their water bills were inflated as they were high
despite the fact that they spend three days a week without water.
They said it was imperative for BCC to rectify its billing system
as residents were being unfairly charged penalties, having their
water disconnected and even having their properties seized on
the basis of estimated bills. Councillor Rafemoyo in Nkulumane
acknowledged that Bulawayo’s billing system was flawed and
encouraged residents who receive abnormally high bills to seek
redress at the local authority’s offices.
were also appraised on Bulawayo’s water situation, with
Councillors reminding them of Bulawayo’s dire water situation
and encouraging them to use water sparingly. They informed residents
that water shedding would continue since the city’s dams
did not receive significant inflows during the2012/2013 rain season.
alleged that Child Protection Committees (CPCs) were corrupt hence
they were not useful as means to identify beneficiaries for social
welfare programmes such as the Basic Education Assistance Module
(BEAM). Residents alleged that most people who benefit from such
programmes were friends or relatives of members of the CPCs.
were raised at the meetings that Bulawayo was no longer clean,
with rubbish strewn all over the place. Residents in Nkulumane
revealed that they had resolved to hold a clean-up exercise in
their ward on 25 May 2013. Residents said it was imperative for
every resident to play his/her part towards maintaining the cleanliness
of Bulawayo through refraining from littering.
accused BCC of disconnecting water from residents with arrears
even in situations where a payment plan has been made. They said
this was insensitive arguing that BCC should realise that people
have difficulty paying their bills because of high unemployment
and low remunerations.
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