Tsvangirai says Matebeleland water project to be implemented

Bulawayo, October 29,2010—Prime Minister  Morgan Tsvangirai on Friday said the inclusive government will make sure the  National  Matabeleland  Zambezi Water Project (NMZWP)  which has been on the  cards  for decades  get  full  implemented  as soon as possible.
NMZWP is a project seeks to end the perennial water shortages bedeviling Bulawayo by constructing a 500km pipe line to bring water from the mighty Zambezi River to the city. The  project  was   mooted  in 1912  by the  colonial  government  but  it  has  been failing to take  off   due unavailability  of  funds.
Addressing delegates at NMZWP stakeholders’ conference organized by   Ministry of Water Resources in Bulawayo on Friday, Tsvangirai said the inclusive government has already put all necessary measures  for the full implementation of the project.  
“We have now moved from theory  to practice, the inclusive government which I lead will  make sure NMZWP get full implemented as soon as possible .This  project  doesn’t  belong to any  political party  but  its  for  the  people  of Matabeleland  and  should  benefit  the region.
“It  is  the duty  of  the  government  to  implement  the  project  and  bring water   to  Bulawayo  and  Matebeleland, ”said Tsvangirai.
Tsvangirai also said  some political  leaders  have been  trying to seek  support   from  people  in  Matebeleland  using  the  NMZWP project.
 In January this year the Minister of Water and Infrastructure Development, Samuel Sipepa- Nkomo announced the  inclusive government’s takeover of the Matabeleland Zambezi Water Project, which has been renamed National Matabeleland Zambezi Water Project (NMZWP). 
Nkomo said he was merely implementing a 1 December 2009 cabinet decision to wrestle the project from Matebeleland Zambezi Water Trust to speed up its completion.