By Dumisani Nyoni
Bulawayo, November 22, 2016 – BULAWAYO Mayor Martin Moyo has pleaded with Zimbabweans to stop magnifying the city’s water crisis saying that would only chase away potential investors.
Moyo said there was no link between water crisis and company closures in the country’s second largest city.
“Why are you amplifying our water challenge as if we are the hardest hit? In fact, Harare has a worst water crisis as compared to us. We have never denied companies water even if we do water shedding,” Moyo said while giving his welcome remarks at the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce Matabeleland chapter’s Trade and Investment Opportunities conference held in Bulawayo recently.
The meeting was attended by officials from the South Africa-Zimbabwe Business Connection.
Moyo said it was misleading for some people to claim the city’s perennial water woes have forced city companies to shut down or relocate to Harare yet other firms were still operational.
“For instance, we have companies such as Delta that are consuming large volumes of water but are still operational. So let’s stop this because we will chase away potential investors,” he said.
An ongoing water crisis in Bulawayo has seen authorities at City Hall impose a 72 hour-long water shedding programme but industry and Central Business District (CBD) are not experiencing any water cuts.
Moyo pleaded with South African businesses to come and invest in Bulawayo.
“We are open to business as a city and we would like you to come and set up businesses here,” he said.
Bulawayo, once the country’s industrial hub, is currently battling to regain its status after about 100 firms either closed shop or relocated to Harare, citing, among other reasons, the city’s perennial water shortages.