By Staff Reporter
Auditor General Mildred Chiri says Chitungwiza Municipality must have its own water as a way of reducing costs for both the council and the residents.
Chitungwiza buys treated water from Harare City Council and puts a mark-up when selling the same to its residents and the Auditor General in her audit report for 2018 said the arrangement appears costly.
In her Local Authorities Financial Report for the year ended December 2018, Chiri said the dormitory town of Chitungwiza which has been operating without a water source must construct its own to improve provision to residents.
“The Council did not have its own waterworks and hence was purchasing treated water from the City of Harare.
“The arrangement appeared to be costly to the residents as Chitungwiza Municipality set a mark-up on the water purchased from the City of Harare. In addition, Chitungwiza has accrued $5 290 002,” said the AG Report.
The audit went on to advise the City of Chitungwiza to construct its own source of water adding that this will improve water provision to its residents.
“The council should actualise the construction of its water source and treatment plant as this will improve water provision to the community,” added the report.
The report did not mince its words on the risk of not providing adequate water to its residence adding that this might cause diseases in the event that Harare disconnects its water Chitungwiza will suffer.
“In the event of disconnection by the City of Harare, the residents are deprived of water which increases the chances of an outbreak of diseases,”
Chitungwiza and Manyame Rural Residents Association treasurer Brighton Mazhindu also echoed the same sentiments that Chitungwiza should fast track the construction of Muda Dam.
“As residents, we would appreciate if Chitungwiza would have its source of water as Harare is failing to provide its residents due to growing population and shortage of foreign currency to purchase treatment chemicals,” said Mazhindu.
Mazhindu also said called on the government to consider helping in the construction of Muda Dam.
“Muda Dam has been in government plans since the 1980s and is failing to kick off we feel there is no political will to implement the project as Chitungwiza Municipality has no capacity to do such a major project,” added Mazhindu.-