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‘Solve water woes in Matland’

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Bulawayo residents yesterday urged the government to intensify efforts aimed at providing adequate water to Matabeleland region.

In a statement to mark commemorations of the World Water Day, Bulawayo Progressive Residents’ Association (BPRA) co-ordinator Rodrick Fayayo said although the Mtshabezi to Mzingwane link project had reached advanced stages, more still needed to be done to ensure reliable water supplies to the drought-prone region.

“However, more needs to be done and should have been done to deal with the water woes in Matabeleland and Bulawayo,” said Fayayo.

“For instance, it is disturbing to note that the Matabeleland Zambezi Water Project remains a pipe-dream, 100 years after the idea was first mooted. The failure by the government to complete the project 32 years after independence has been due to marginalisation of the Matabeleland region,” he said.

Fayayo urged the government, in particular the ministries of Finance and Water Resources Development and Management, to ensure enough funds are allocated towards ending Matabeleland’s water problems and projects.

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