By Kenneth Matimaire
Mutare, August 16, 2016 – RESIDENTS in the city’s Dangamvura high density suburb now bear the brunt of a bungled water supply project as they are made to endure days without the scarce necessity.
The local authority is still struggling to raise funds to complete the $330,000 project which stalled when the contracted firm abandoned the job after receiving payment from the city.
Most residents in the populous suburb only access tap water not more than three times a week while others in locations such as Federation and Gimboki do not receive any supplies at all.
City authorities have tried in vain to secure funding from the Finance and Local Government ministries as well as from developmental partners after funds meant for the Dangamvura project were misused.
Council officials awarded the tender to a briefcase company, which in turn defrauded the authority thereby stalling the entire project.
As a result, the project, which commenced in 1996, has since become a pipedream as council is still failing to financially prioritise the project.
This has greatly disadvantaged residents of the fast expanding suburb with over 20 locations, where the demand for water is increasing by the day.
Senior city planner Richard Simbi said council has been unable to secure funds to carry on with the project after the authority was swindled off the initial funds.
“Two of the three water pipes under our water expansion project have been complete. They supply Chikanga and the Murambi area.
“The third one supplies Dangamvura and has not yet been completed. We are still sourcing funds to complete the project but funding has been a challenge,” said Simbi.
City engineer and acting town clerk Donaldson Nyatoti said council will be forced to fund the project from its own coffers as external funding has not been readily available.
Nyatoti said close to $500,000 was now required to complete the Dangamvura water project.
“We have been unable to secure funds from government and developmental partners and it is now up to council to secure funds from its own coffers to complete the project and we need about $500,000 to complete it,” said Nyatoti.
He added that the water challenge is exacerbated by the fact that council is failing to account for 53 percent of its 75,000 mega liters of water supplies a day.